Many people who were not confirmed as having recovered are still being closely and closely monitored. Those who went through chemotherapy while infected did not develop symptoms; the disease is reversible once that is a confirmed condition.
This has led Korea to declare a national public health emergency . It is also likely the government is going to tighten the food supply and tighten up hygiene regulations. The Ministry of Health and Welfare has declared schools and workplaces closed until further notice. All public offices and hospitals are being closed, and restaurants and stores selling food products are shut down until it is safe to serve it again. Since this outbreak came to South Korea, the country has seen similar outbreaks in Malaysia and Thailand.
The latest Korean data show there have been at least 17 infections in the country and there was one hospitalization that is also thought to have been associated with contamination of fruit juices. But this outbreak has been relatively isolated for the time being. The health ministry, in their press release for the day, stated:
“Public Health Department announced the outbreak of JACC3 (JACC3) on 14 February by declaring the National Public Health Emergency. “In line with the declared public health emergency, a public health response has been made to the outbreak of JACC3. “The Seoul city government has begun to take necessary measures to help maintain public order in all areas. The Seoul Government Police Office has started collecting information about infection through surveillance methods and has also declared the order to remain in the city to be lifted. “The Health Institute of Forensic Science has started to track the virus through blood samples sent from the public. “The Ministry of Health has also started to collect blood samples from the public, and the Ministry of Food and Drug Regulation has started to prepare the food production with specific guidelines and safety measures as required.”
This new virus is now out of its early phase of infection; it is still not fully recovered, and it is very likely there will be additional infections. There are some patients that can recover, because the virus has so far been contained to the lungs. But others who were infected in these areas that are in high risk are likely not getting better. It could be another 3-4 more years of uncertainty as to whether the virus will ever be released again in South Korea. As noted, it is very likely that health workers who are exposed to blood samples are at risk of infection and that other cases will be detected in other areas around South Korea. The health ministry is responding to the outbreaks it is seeing and that others are seeing with extreme caution, a caution that is just about appropriate given the seriousness of the current situation.