The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported three additional monkeypox, or Mpox cases over the weekend, bringing the total cases to 13.
The 11th patient was a Korean living in Seoul. After visiting a medical institution with sore throat and skin lesions, medical staff suspected Mpox infection and reported it to the local public health center on April 14.
The 12th patient is a Korean who lives in Gyeongnam and inquired about a test at the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on April 14 due to skin lesions and pain.
The 13th patient is a Korean living in Gyeongnam. During the epidemiological investigation of the 12th patient, close contacts with suspected symptoms such as skin lesions were identified and tested immediately.
All newly confirmed patients have no history of overseas travel within 3 weeks of the first symptom onset, but domestic risk exposure has been confirmed, so they are presumed to be domestic infections.
The first case of mpox in Korea was reported in June last year. Until the fifth patient, all of the cases were from patients who had traveled abroad.
However, since the sixth patient who was confirmed in early April, health officials believe that all of the cases are local transmissions.
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