The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) issued a warning Friday (computer translated) concerning a cholera outbreak reported in travelers from Cebu, Philippines.
Travelers that arrived Friday, Feb. 17 on Air Asia Z29048 (Cebu – Incheon, Seoul flight) at Incheon International Airport tested positive for cholera (V Cholerae O1 Ogawa, CTX +). The number infected was not disclosed.
Health officials advise travelers on this aircraft who have symptoms such as severe watery diarrhea and vomiting, visit the nearest hospital.
As soon as the test results were confirmed, the patient epidemiology survey was conducted at Chungbuk Chungju City Public Health Center and Chungbuk Provincial Office, where the patients were present. Patients were isolated for 48 hours after demonstrating symptoms.
Korean health officials informed the Chinese Quarantine and Sanitation Bureau to share information on the outbound travelers and to manage patients.
In addition, the period of stay in Korea is under investigation for additional patients through surveillance and diagnostic tests.