News Alerts

South Korea News Alert

South Korea: Tick bite alert issued April 15

South Korean health officials issue a tick bit alert on April 15 following a confirmed case of Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS)

16 Apr 03:55 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/16/2018, 12:00 AM until 4/23/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Seoul). COUNTRY/REGION South Korea


Health officials issued a tick bite alert notice on Sunday, April 15, after confirming a case of Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS) on April 9 in Jeju. Officials advised individuals to take preventive action to protect against tick bites (use insect repellent, be particularly cautious in wooded areas, etc.). Individuals over the age of 50 are at a significantly higher risk of contracting the disease.


SFTS is a newly emerging disease, transmitted to humans through the bite of the infected ixodid tick. The peak risk period for SFTS is from April to November, when ticks carrying the SFTS virus are most active. Since 2013, there have been 607 confirmed cases in China, South Korea, and Japan - the only three countries to have reported cases of SFTS to date - 127 of which were fatal.

Symptoms of SFTS include fever, diarrhea, nausea, and swollen lymph nodes.  The virus can ultimately lead to multi-system organ failure and death.


To avoid tick bites, individuals should use insect repellent when outdoors and wear long sleeve shirts and pants when walking in densely wooded areas. Check for ticks after hikes and remove them immediately if discovered. If presenting with the above symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.


Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news