According to the Health Ministry, the patient visited the Philippines from April 10-14, where infected mosquitoes bit him. He was asymptomatic until April 20, when he developed mild, cold-like symptoms including fever. He visited a local clinic in Seoul that day, but his doctor did not see him as a potential Zika virus patient.
South Korea reported its first Zika virus case last month -- a 43-year-old man who was bitten by infected mosquitoes during his visit to Brazil from Feb.17-March 9. Just like the second patient, he also experienced skin rashes on top of mild symptoms such as fever and muscle pain.
Currently, all doctors nationwide have been asked by the Health Ministry to report any patient who has visited a Zika virus-affected country and has any of the following symptoms: fever, muscle pain, headache or conjunctivitis. Health authorities plan to include skin rashes to the list as both reported patients suffered this symptom, the ministry said.
The World Health Organization in February issued a worldwide warning that the Zika virus is a global public health emergency that requires a united response. According to the agency, the infection is known to cause cases of microcephaly, in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains.
By Claire Lee (email@example.com)