Korean woman suspected of catching Chikungunya fever hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Seoul (VNA) –
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on June 15 that health authorities are launching epidemiological investigations into a woman with a suspected case of a mosquito-borne illness that can permanently deform sufferers' joints.

The woman from Chuncheon, northeast of Seoul, in her 30s, showed suspected symptoms of the disease, Chikungunya fever, early this month after making a three-day visit to Malaysia. She is now recovering.

The disease, which is mainly prevalent in Asia and Africa, causes symptoms in humans that include fever and joint inflammation 2-12 days after they are bitten by a mosquito. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain and rash. The mortality rate is low, but the illness causes joint pain for several months and can result in deformed joints.

Cases of Chikungunya infection are rare in the Republic of Korea and are usually in travelers who catch it overseas.

The RoK’s authorities are calling on the public to be on guard against it, asking anyone who develops symptoms after traveling overseas to see a doctor immediately.-VNA