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Dengue carrier present on Jeju
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승인 2010.02.16  13:59:00
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A group of South Korean scientists announced on Jan. 8 that they had discovered the larvae of the Asian tiger mosquito, a carrier of dengue fever virus, on Jeju Island, suggesting the country is no longer safe from the life-threatening tropical disease.

The team, led by Lee Keun Hwa, a professor at Jeju National University, said it found the mosquito larvae on the island in December following collection of a specimen in Seogwipo City the previous year.

Dengue is a flu-like viral disease spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The simple form of the disease causes a rash, high fever, severe headache, nausea and vomit-ing and muscle pain. Dengue hemor-rhagic fever, a more severe form, damages blood and lymph vessels and can be fatal.

“We have reported our findings to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Lee said. He also presented the discovery at a recent forum on climate change in Jeju, as dengue is a tropical disease and the discovery suggests the island is becoming subtropical as a result of global warming.
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