Korean woman suspected of catching Chikungunya fever

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on June 15 that health authorities are launching epidemiological investigations into a woman with a suspected case of a mosquito-borne illness that can permanently deform sufferers' joints.

Korean woman suspected of catching Chikungunya fever

The woman from Chuncheon, northeast of Seoul, in her 30s, showed suspected symptoms of the disease, Chikungunya fever, early this month after making a three-day visit to Malaysia. She is now recovering.

The disease, which is mainly prevalent in Asia and Africa, causes symptoms in humans that include fever and joint inflammation 2-12 days after they are bitten by a mosquito. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain and rash. The mortality rate is low, but the illness causes joint pain for several months and can result in deformed joints.

Cases of Chikungunya infection are rare in the Republic of Korea and are usually in travelers who catch it overseas.

The RoK’s authorities are calling on the public to be on guard against it, asking anyone who develops symptoms after traveling overseas to see a doctor immediately.-VNA

Other news

Most view

Education MInister Phung Xuan Nha (Photo: SGGP)

Education Ministry expands inspection of national high school examination

Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha yesterday decided to set up two mission teams to clarify the abnormal phenomenon of the national high school examination results in the northern mountainous provinces of Son La and Lang Son after the revelation of Ha Giang province’s exam cheating scandal.