South Korea confirms the first case of monkeypox, the number of infections from all over the world


South Korea has identified the first case of monkeypox infection in the country and raised the national alert level for this disease to the second of the four alert levels, “attention”.

Koreans showed symptoms of monkeypox infection after arriving on Tuesday afternoon after visiting Germany. The individual was suffering from a headache 3 days before arrival. According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), he tested positive and is being treated at the Incheon Medical Center. The second suspected case of infection involving a foreigner was negative.

“KDCA has promoted the use of safe (monkeypox) vaccines and treatments and their additional introduction, but KDCA is continuously expanding its diagnostic testing capabilities,” said Baek Kyung-lan, KDCA Commissioner. I am saying. Reuters..

“Among those exposed (to the monkeypox virus) by physical contact with confirmed patients, those at medium or high risk are vaccinated with their consent.” KDCA is infected. Did not provide personal details.

Authorities are planning to import an antiviral drug called “Tekobirimat” to 500 people in mid-July. Arirang..

President Yoon Suk-yul ordered the rapid introduction of third-generation antiviral drugs and vaccines for monkeypox. According to Reuters, he also urged health authorities to “strengthen” quarantine control of foreign entrants at the airport and prepare to “distribute vaccines and treatments to the medical field.”

South Korea is not currently considering implementing a “ring vaccination” to combat monkeypox, Peck said. In a siege strategy, people near an infected individual are vaccinated against the infection. This strategy is used to limit the spread of diseases that can be treated with vaccines.

Global scenario

Multiple cases of monkeypox infection have appeared worldwide in recent months. As of June 22, 156 such cases have been identified in the United States. data From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In Europe, Germany has the highest number of infections with 521, followed by Spain with 520, Portugal with 304, France with 277 and the Netherlands with 167. In other affected European countries, the number of cases is less than 100.

Outside Europe and the United States, Canada reports 210 infected people.

The United Kingdom has reported 793 confirmed cases, including 766 in England, 18 in Scotland, 6 in Wales and 3 in Northern Ireland. The UK Government has released guidance to make gay men with multiple partners a top priority for the country’s monkeypox vaccination campaign.

“The infection continues primarily in men who have sex with gay, bisexual, and other men (GBMSM). Cases within the GBMSM population occur primarily in the London area.” June 21 guidance Before adding, he said, “Illness generally seems to be mild.”

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) suggested that “due to the large number of contacts, vaccination should be provided to the highest risk GBMSM as soon as possible.”

Monkeypox is currently reported in more than 40 countries around the world where the infection is not endemic, with more than 3,000 confirmed cases.

Naveen Athrappully

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Naveen Athrappully is a news reporter on business and global events in The Epoch Times.

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