Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) to promote the designation of a legal infectious disease warning of interest in monkey pox

Monkey smallpox virus captured by electron microscope / Photo = AFP

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) announced that it would issue an infectious disease crisis alert level for monkey pox to the level of ‘interest’. At the same time, it was decided to activate a related countermeasure team and promote designation of legal infectious diseases.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) held a crisis assessment meeting related to the increase in the number of overseas monkey pox cases on the 31st and made this statement.

Korea’s infectious disease crisis warning is applied in four stages: ‘attention → caution → vigilance → serious’. ‘Attention’ is a measure issued in the event of an outbreak or epidemic of a new infectious disease overseas.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said, “The effect of the disease itself is low.”

In addition, the high-risk group evaluated the risk as ‘medium’ and the general population as ‘low’.

In addition, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) is pushing to revise the notice to designate monkey pox as a ‘class 2 legal infectious disease’. Class 2 is an infectious disease that needs to be reported and quarantined within 24 hours when it occurs in consideration of the possibility of transmission and infection. These include tuberculosis, chickenpox, measles, and cholera.

Prior to the revision of the notice, the company plans to preemptively manage the new infectious disease syndrome and do everything possible by reporting suspected patients, conducting epidemiological investigations, designating a treatment institution, and responding to quarantine.

Monkey smallpox was endemic to central and western Africa, but it has recently spread to Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Australia, starting with the UK.

Reporter Kim Soo-young of Hankyung.com swimmingk@hankyung.com

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