S. Korea Builds Early Warning System to Brace for Influenza Outbreak
    2009-05-20 17:33:38     Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhang Xu
 

South Korea has established an early warning system to brace for a possible outbreak of the new type-A influenza, the government said Wednesday.

The Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs has decided to construct a system under which the country's medical and educational offices are required to report any telltale sings of viral infections once detected, the ministry said.

Under the plan, clinics and hospitals, with particular attention put on doctors specializing in internal medicine, pediatrics and otolaryngology, are required to submit daily reports on acute respiratory illnesses and fever cases.

Local schools also have been told to report students with high fevers to state-run medical centers.

Any sudden rise in illnesses or suspected cases will be examined in detail, as well as emergency countermeasures being implemented if necessary, an official at the ministry was quoted as saying.

The measures come as the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) announced Tuesday that South Korea is vulnerable to a pandemic outbreak.

Since the first report of the A/H1N1 flu in Mexico last month, South Korean health authorities have confirmed three patients infected with the virus, all of whom were released from quarantine after being treated with antiviral drugs.

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