S. Korea reports first confirmed case of monkeypox on Wednesday
Updated: 2022-06-23 08:03:45 KST
South Korea is no longer a safe haven from monkeypox.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency confirmed the country's first case of monkeypox on Wednesday.
It said, there were two suspected cases one Korean citizen and a foreign national.
The Korean citizen tested positive after showing symptoms such as fever, sore throat, and fatigue upon entering the country from Germany on Tuesday afternoon at around 4 PM.
It has been reported that the person also suffered headaches three days before arrival and are currently receiving treatment at Incheon Medical Center, west of Seoul.
Meanwhile, another suspected case was a foreign national who entered the country on Monday.
Symptoms such as a sore throat and skin lesions had begun to show the day before.
The foreign national however tested negative.
South Korea has now raised the monkeypox risk level from "attention" to the second level, "caution" which requires confirmed cases to go into self-isolation.
Authorities also mentioned plans for antiviral medications.
"There are plans to import the antiviral drug "tecovirimat" for 500 people in mid July, but until then, any medication available for treatment will be distributed."
President Yoon Suk-yeol has called for strict quarantine measaures for overseas arrivals and ordered health authorities to secure a swift supply of vaccines and antiviral drugs.
With monkeypox spreading around the world, the World Health Organization plans to hold an emergency meeting on Thursday, to determine whether monkeypox is an emergency of international concern.
Lee Rae-hyun, Arirang News.