Health sector in Korea: Middle East respiratory syndrome epidemic is not widespread

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 Health sector in Korea: Middle East respiratory syndrome epidemic is not widespread


This is South Korea since the end of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome epidemic in 2015, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome cases were found again. In May 2015, South Korea reported the first case of Middle East respiratory syndrome, and the epidemic spread rapidly. At that time, the epidemic lasted for about 7 months, resulting in more than 180 infections, of which 38 died.

After the case was confirmed on the 8th of this month, South Korean authorities immediately took emergency epidemic prevention measures, hospitals to strengthen the isolation of fever patients, while strengthening the prevention of respiratory syndrome in the Middle East publicity.

The results showed that 21 people had direct contact with the confirmed patient, and more than 400 people had indirect contact with him. On the 14th, South Koreas Disease Management Department held a press conference to announce that as of 13, that is, the Middle East respiratory syndrome after the average incubation period of 6 days in the first round of testing, had direct contact with the results of all 21 people were negative, no one infected.

These 21 direct contacts, including family members of patients, taxi drivers, civil aviation crew, medical personnel, etc., are relatively high risk groups of infection. After the longest incubation period (14 days) in the Middle East, that is, 20 this month, these high-risk groups will also be tested for a second round. If the result is still negative, the quarantine will be lifted on the 22 th.

At present, the confirmed patient has been improving and stable during hospitalization. Zheng Enjing, the Minister of disease management, said at the conference that the possibility of large-scale spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome is very small at this stage, considering the clinical situation of patients and the management of contacts with patients.

For the more than 400 people who had indirect contact with the patients, the Department of disease management strengthened their monitoring. The head of the local self-governing body conducts a daily telephone follow-up survey of the monitored to determine whether symptoms such as fever exist.

In addition to South Korean citizens, the South Korean government is investigating foreigners who have been contacted with confirmed patients. The Ministry of disease management said more than 110 foreigners were aboard the same flight with the sick man. As of 13 days, 4 foreigners have not yet been contacted. Due to the lack of telephone numbers of these foreign passengers, the difficulty of finding them increased greatly. At present, the authorities are trying to contact these passengers through the help of the police. Meanwhile, relevant departments in South Korea are investigating the causes of the Middle East respiratory syndrome infection. It has been found that the patient himself has not been in direct contact with camel or Middle East respiratory syndrome patients in the Middle East, but has been to the local hospital for abdominal pain, diarrhea treatment. The Ministry of disease management speculated that the man might have been infected during the medical treatment. Source: Xinhua editor: Zhao Yaping _NN9005

In addition to South Korean citizens, the South Korean government is investigating foreigners who have been contacted with confirmed patients. The Ministry of disease management said more than 110 foreigners were aboard the same flight with the sick man. As of 13 days, 4 foreigners have not yet been contacted. Due to the lack of telephone numbers of these foreign passengers, the difficulty of finding them increased greatly. At present, the authorities are trying to contact these passengers through the help of the police.

Meanwhile, relevant departments in South Korea are investigating the causes of the Middle East respiratory syndrome infection. It has been found that the patient himself has not been in direct contact with camel or Middle East respiratory syndrome patients in the Middle East, but has been to the local hospital for abdominal pain, diarrhea treatment. The Ministry of disease management speculated that the man might have been infected during the medical treatment.