KDCA urges travelers to beware of dengue fever in Southeast Asia l KBS WORLD

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The South Korean Disease Control Authority has warned travelers to be especially careful in view of the growing cases of dengue fever in Southeast Asia.

Those planning trips to Southeast Asia should be careful to avoid contracting dengue fever, the Agency for Disease Control and Prevention (KDCA) urged on Tuesday.

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), 10,123 cases of dengue fever were reported in Singapore this year in May. This is four times more than in the same period last year.

A total of four cases have been registered in South Korea in the current year through June 10. All cases are cases imported from Indonesia and Thailand.

As a precaution, you should avoid thickets of grass and mountains while traveling and dress in light colors if possible. If suspicious symptoms appear within two weeks of your return, you should go to the nearest medical facility and notify them of your overseas travel.

Dengue fever is a viral disease transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. After an incubation period of three to 14 days, symptoms such as fever, headache, chills and body aches appear. There are currently no vaccines or medicines to combat it.

The KDCA has warned that the Asian tiger mosquito, one of the mosquito species that transmit dengue fever, lives in all parts of South Korea. Therefore, monitoring and response to prevent spread and domestication are important.

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