Japanese Encephalitis Virus Outbreak in South Korea

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The Centers of Disease Control report indicates that Sixty Four Percent , of the mosquitoes recently tested in the southern port city of Busan (Pusan) , South Korea were found to be carrying the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), prompting the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) to issue a nationwide alert late last week (week of 1 Jul 2013). Officials say climate and weather changes is helping the virus-infected mosquitoes multiply and Spread (probably referring to increased temperatures speeding larval development)


Symptoms of the disease include headaches, fever, and convulsions, and in extreme cases, coma (and death). Children are at higher risk, so officials advise parents to make sure young kids are vaccinated. As the mosquitoes are most active until the end of October, the KCDC advises people to use mosquito nets indoors and limit the amount of time they spend outside.


When outdoors, the use of long-sleeved clothing and mosquito repellent is recommended.


The above Precautions and Preventative measures will be enforced on Travelers seen at Tripsetc Travel Clinic

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Joined: 2011-03-29
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