Friday, October 30, 2015

Korean Respiratory Outbreak Investigation – Day 2




Despite our modern diagnostic technology, the microbial cause of between 30%-50% of all CAP (Community Acquired Pneumonia) cases is never identified.  A few years ago, during an aggressive 12-month study at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, researchers managed to bump that up to 67% by supplementing traditional diagnostic methods with new PCR-based methods.

All of which means that  pneumonia of unknown origin and `mystery’ diseases’ are hardly unique headlines. We see them often, and when they are finally resolved, they usually turn out to be something fairly benign (see `Mystery Diseases’ In Hard To Verify Places).  


There are exceptions, of course. MERS, H5N1, SARS, HIV and H7N9 all were first discovered when doctors were presented with atypical pneumonias of unknown etiology.


So when we start seeing large clusters (dozens) of CAP among healthy college-age students – and all are linked to an animal research center -  well,  that does tend to grab our attention. 


As it has the Korean CDC’s 


Below you’ll find their Day 2 SitRep where they have increased the number of `suspect’ cases from yesterday’s 31 to 45 today.  Of those, 11 are in home quarantine, while 34 are quarantined across 7 hospitals. Their conditions appear to range from mild symptoms to moderate or even severe, although scant details are provided. 


For now, despite extensive testing, no microbial cause has been determined.  Serological tests often must wait until 2-4 weeks after the initial infection for antibodies to form,  so one of the `usual suspects’  might still turn up as the culprit here.


The syntax of these Korean translations is always a bit murky, but we can get the gist.  If we get a more readable English language report later today, I’ll post it.



Konkuk respiratory disease occurred on two primary investigation

2015-10-30 [Last Updated: 2015-10-30]
Konkuk respiratory disease occurred on two primary investigation

Centers for Disease Control (General Manager Yang byeongguk) is a respiratory disease associated with Konkuk University and proceeded to the day 10.29 bacteria and viruses pathogens in 16 kinds of human specimens for examination results, but had not found specific findings.

One patient, one of the virus's genetic testing Rhino on the common cold virus was confirmed as positive, the patients do not commonly appear in full and respiratory diseases, and we believe this is irrelevant,

This addition to the serum antibody test (brucellosis, Q fever, Legionella), even in patients without a confirmed positive status, which shall be confirmed through secondary inspection plan (convalescent serology) after three weeks.

Along with the cooperation of bacteria and viruses, as well as environmental and chemical factors animals for research on infectious diseases and toxicology, including experts from various fields to participate in the dynamics Questioned, announced that through a comprehensive review of progress attribution task of respiratory diseases.

Patient Status with the 10.30 days 0:00 are currently investigating a total of 45 cases, of which are distributed in seven hospitals as a chest X Award pneumonia findings identified 34 patients suspected - and getting a quarantine treatment, fever, muscle aches, etc. Light look no symptoms, severe cases of pneumonia are identified 34 suspected cases so far

11 of them are currently staying at the home in addition to this will determine whether or not its doubts whether the patient hospitalized and then underwent chest radiography.

- Suspected: chest X-phase with 10.8 days after the founding of the University of Life Sciences building have visited animal characters and fever of 37.5 ℃ If you suspect pneumonia findings

Management system for the building entrant is

While the animal received from Konkuk University College of Life Sciences was running a liaison personnel and property if there ever voluntarily report based on such symptoms as fever is the entrant list

Starting this afternoon is going to perform a system for monitoring whether an individual symptom one days two times through the Centers for Disease Control call center (109).

However, for 10.25 days SK Group, the public employment examination examinees about 500 people, is a one-time exposure to individuals who guide and Precautions and Adverse symptoms occurred plans to continue operating the system to induce voluntary returns (109 call center).

Konkuk University Animal Life Sciences Building is a state disinfect the inside and completely control the access to preventative measures as the seven-storey building,

The suspected patient survey results at the 5th floor of the lab workers in the field have been confirmed as caused by the dynamics Questioned intensive (16 of 34),

‧ appropriate for that building work entrant laboratory workers, laboratory workers, and is adjacent to other workers, such as floor plans to examine in detail the classification.

Centers for Disease Control are investigating and taking the necessary steps as possible for the attribution and management of respiratory disease caused this,

Actively cooperate with relevant ministries and academic medical specialist ‧ To this end, progress is often plan to inform the public and the media.

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