Don’t get bitten by mosquitoes… Be careful of the Zika virus in Southeast Asia
Recently, there have been a series of cases in Korea that have been bitten by mosquitoes after visiting Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines and Thailand and tested positive for Zika virus infection. In response, the authorities urged people to be careful not to get bitten by mosquitoes when visiting Southeast Asia.
According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the 2nd, it has been confirmed that two citizens have tested positive for Zika virus after visiting Southeast Asia so far.
The first confirmed case was a 23-year-old man, who had mosquito bites when he visited the Philippines in late August, and was confirmed positive after visiting a medical institution for symptoms such as rash, fever, and diarrhea for a week after returning home.
The second patient visited Thailand in mid-October and was bitten by a mosquito, and was confirmed positive after visiting a medical institution due to symptoms of rash, fever, joint pain, muscle pain, non-persistent conjunctivitis, and conjunctival congestion on the fifth day of entry.
As such, Zika virus is characterized by “infected after being bitten by a mosquito when visiting Southeast Asia.” In Southeast Asia, all countries are countries with Zika virus infection.
To be exact, symptoms appear after an incubation period of 3 to 14 days after being bitten by a forest mosquito infected with Zika virus. Symptoms include specular rash, fever, conjunctival congestion, joint pain, and muscle pain.
However, it is not necessarily infected only through mosquitoes. In addition to mosquito-induced infection, it is reported to be infected through sexual contact, blood transfusion, vertical infection between mothers and mothers, and laboratories.
Zika virus infection currently has no preventive vaccine or treatment. Accordingly, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked for special attention, including compliance with preventive rules.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended, “If you are planning to travel to countries with Zika virus infection, do not get bitten by mosquitoes while traveling, and if you have suspected symptoms within two weeks, you should visit a medical institution to inform medical staff of your recent visit and receive prompt diagnosis and treatment.”
According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ▶ Avoid “forest” and “mountain” with many mosquitoes as much as possible, ▶ Wear long sleeves and long pants when you go out, ▶ Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, so you should wear bright clothes during activities and live in accommodations with insect nets or mosquito nets and air-conditioned.
He also emphasized, “Even after traveling, both men and women should avoid sexual contact such as postponement of pregnancy and use of condoms for three months, and be careful, such as banning blood donation during the blood donation period (4 weeks).”