Measles has struck the Korean peninsula as South Korean health officials say the outbreak has reached 30 cases since mid-December 2018, according to health officials (computer translated).

Image/Robert Herriman
Image/Robert Herriman

The first case was reported in Daegu last month. As of this week, the Disease Control Headquarters has confirmed measles outbreaks in five provinces nationwide.

Seventeen cases have been reported in Daegu Gyeongsan, 10 cases in Gyeonggi and sporadic cases reported in Seoul, Gyeonggi, and Chonnam.

Daegu measles virus genotype is predominantly B3 type in Southeast Asia such as the Philippines and Gyeonggi Province is D8 type.

Health officials say in order to protect children against measles infection, it is necessary for the child to complete the inoculation on the timely basis according to the measles standard dose schedule: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) inoculation (total 2 doses) at 12 ~ 15 months of age and 4 ~ 6 years of age.