South Korea: RSV cases increase 2.2 times in one month


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The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Director Ji Young-mi) announced that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections increased 2.2 times in one month compared to early February, prompting postpartum care centers, newborn rooms and infant care facilities to use respiratory . Epidemic prevention systems. They were asked to strengthen the prevention and control of infectious diseases.

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In the ninth week of 2023 (26 February – 4 March), 214 patients with RSV infection were reported.

The development of the disease in 2023 is as follows: week 5 (January 29 – 2.4.) 99 people → week 6 (2.5. – 2.11.) 122 people → week 7 (2.12. – 2.18.) 172 people → week 8 (2.19.) -2.25.) 198 people → the ninth week (2.26.-3.4.) 214 people.

It has been confirmed that the incidence is increasing, especially in infants and young children. sPercentage of patients 0-6 years of age who reported having RSV at 9 weeks: 72.9%

In general, the outbreak of respiratory syncytial virus infection in Korea began in October, reached an epidemic peak in January of the following year, and occurred until March.

In 2022, it showed a spread slightly earlier than normal between October and November, then decreased, and then increased again from February of this year.

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RSV is an infection of the lungs and respiratory tract with symptoms similar to the common cold. Symptoms of a mild case can include a stuffy or runny nose, dry cough, low-grade fever, sore throat, sneezing, and headache. In severe cases, RSV symptoms may include fever, cough, wheezing, rapid or difficult breathing, or a bluish skin color.

RSV is spread primarily by respiratory droplets when a person coughs or sneezes, and through direct contact with a contaminated surface.

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