MERS news has practically vanished from the Korean media, but The Korea Times reports: Alert issued for Hong Kong flu.
Fresh concern is arising over the possible spread of an influenza virus as the nation has yet to emerge from the shock of an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
The Korean government has been put on alert over the possible spread of the seasonal flu, which killed 61 people in Hong Kong last month alone.
After a Korean man contracted the virus after visiting Hong Kong, concerns are growing over the flu coming to Korea.
According to the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) Friday, the H3N2 influenza strain is highly infectious and potentially deadly.
The state-run disease control agency confirmed on June 20 that a Korean man in his 30s was infected with the virus after visiting Hong Kong, Korea's first case this year. The patient was not quarantined but was advised to avoid close contact with other people.
"We'll strengthen fever checks for those coming to Korea from Hong Kong through Incheon International Airport, and those showing symptoms of the flu will undergo tests," a KCDC official said.
"If tested positive, such people will be advised to visit hospitals as soon as possible and avoid outdoor activities."
But the agency does not have any plan to implement quarantine measures against the virus. "It is extremely rare for any country to take such measures against seasonal flu," the official said.
The H3N2 virus, better known as Hong Kong flu, has killed over 500 people in Hong Kong since the start of the year.
Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection doesn't always identify flu cases by the strain, but today's report on a severe pediatric influenza A case is typical of CHP's flu coverage.
Meanwhile, Yonhap News reports one new MERS death, bringing the South Korean total to 36. No new cases have been reported in five days.