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South Korea: Increase in measles cases nationwide /update 1

South Korean health officials confirm 129 cases of measles nationwide as of April 8; confirm vaccination status

13 Apr 09:41 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/13/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/31/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Seoul). COUNTRY/REGION South Korea
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Event

The Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) announced on Monday, April 8, that 129 cases of measles have been confirmed throughout the country. According to health officials, measles has stopped spreading in Daegu and Ansan, but new outbreaks have been reported in Seogu, Gyeongsan, Seoul, Anyang, and Daejeon. Most of the cases have been contracted overseas and KCDC officials said that they are not concerned about a nationwide outbreak due to Korea’s high vaccination rate. However, further spread of the outbreak is possible in the coming weeks.

Context

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that typically affects mostly children. It is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth, or throat of infected persons. The disease remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine.

Symptoms of measles are usually a high fever, which begins approximately ten to 12 days after exposure to the virus and lasts four to seven days. A runny nose, a cough, red and watery eyes, and small white spots inside the cheeks can develop in the initial stage. After several days, a rash erupts, usually on the face and upper neck. Over about three days, the rash spreads, eventually reaching the hands and feet. The rash lasts for five to six days and then fades. On average, the rash occurs 14 days after exposure to the virus (within a range of seven to 18 days).

Advice

Individuals in or planning travel to South Korea are advised to ensure their vaccinations are up to date and to contact their doctor with any questions or concerns. Anyone experiencing the abovementioned symptoms should seek medical attention.

 

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