The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has confirmed a case of cholera (V. cholerae O1 Ogawa, CTX+) in a passenger’s stool sample who traveled on Korean Air flight KE656, which flew in from Mumbai, India to Incheon International Airport recently.

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Upon confirmation of the cholera bacteria, the respective public health center in Busan, the patient’s city of residence, was notified immediately. The center subsequently conducted an epidemiological investigation and is currently monitoring any contacts of the patient following re-entry into Korea for any symptoms of the disease.

KCDC urges any individuals who were on the same flight as the patient to visit the nearest hospital, inform medical professionals of their recent travel history, and request cholera testing if they experience serious diarrhea or vomiting.

KCDC has included India in the list of cholera risk areas since January 1, 2018. As such, individuals who have traveled to or stopped over in India are required to complete a health questionnaire and submit it to quarantine officials upon arrival in Korea.