Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said it has completed the establishment of a test system in preparation for the outbreak of Monkeypox in Korea, due to the recent unusual occurrence ofpatients in Europe and North America
Monkeypox is a viral disease that is similar to humanpox declared to be eradicated worldwide, but is less contagious and severe
Propagation is transmitted from person to person through contact with contaminated substances such as lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets, and bedding, and has occurred mainly in Africa and has not been reported in Korea.
However, there is no global information on the cause of the recent unusual trend, and the possibility of inflow into Korea cannot be ruled out due to the increase in overseas travel and a relatively long incubation period (usually 6 to 13, up to 21 days).
Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agencyhas been continuously promoting the establishment of a diagnostic system for future infectious diseases, and has even completed the development and evaluation of the "Monkeypox Diagnostic Test Method and Reagent."
The diagnostic test method is a Realtime-PCR that can detect up to 100 viruses, and it is currently only available at theKorea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, and it is meaningful to establish a system to effectively block the epidemic by quickly identifying patients when monkeypox enters Korea.
Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency explained that it is carefully monitoring overseas outbreaks, sharing information with medical associations and related academic societies, and is also considering designating overseas infectious diseases to be managed depending on changes in the situation.
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