Dengue-Carrying Mosquitoes Spotted in Korea

  • By Heo Sang-woo

    July 16, 2019 12:40

    Mosquitoes carrying the dengue fever virus have been found for the first time ever in Korea.

    According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, two out of 100 mosquito species caught in Mt. Eulwang on Incheon's Yeongjong Island in the first week of July had DNA traces of the virus.

    The traces were similar to those found in dengue fever patients and mosquitoes in Thailand. It seems likely that they traveled to Korea on cargo planes from Southeast Asia, which is suffering a dengue epidemic.

    Symptoms of dengue fever include sudden fever, headache, rash and muscle pain.

    Cho Shin-Hyeong at the KCDC said, "There is no evidence that the virus found here are numerous enough to spread dengue fever, so it's unlikely that they will lead to Koreans getting sick."

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