South Korea reports increase of mosquito-borne diseases in travelers to Southeast Asia


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Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Ji Yong-mi advises taking precautions to avoid contracting a mosquito-borne infectious disease when visiting Southeast Asia, where the first Zika virus case was confirmed as recently as this year after a recurring incidence of dengue. Fever and chikungunya fever among visitors to Southeast Asia.

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Although dengue, chikungunya, and Zika virus infections are caused by different viruses, they are all contagious diseases transmitted through the bite of an infected person. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Three types of imported mosquito-borne infectious diseases occur each year in about 100 countries in subtropical and tropical regions around the world, and all 10 countries in Southeast Asia are countries with reported mosquito vectors and mosquito-borne infectious diseases – Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand , Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Cambodia, Brunei, Myanmar.

The first confirmed case of Zika virus infection was in a woman in her fifties who visited Indonesia in February this year and was bitten by a mosquito. After returning to Korea in early March, symptoms such as fatigue, high fever, rash, and conjunctivitis persisted, so she visited a medical institution and was confirmed to have Zika virus infection.

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Among the 35 confirmed cases of dengue fever reported from January this year to the present, most of the cases were infected after visiting Vietnam (12 cases), followed by Indonesia (9 cases), the Philippines (5 cases), Thailand and Malaysia (all 2), followed by Laos, Singapore, India, and Bolivia (1 each).

Chikungunya fever occurred in 5 patients this year, and the infection was confirmed after visits to Thailand (4 patients) and the Philippines (1 patient).

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