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Population: 42 million. Language: Korean. Capital City: Seoul (pop. 10 million).
Occupying the southern part of the Korean peninsula, its north borders North Korea, and it is surrounded by sea. Total area 100,000 sq. kms.
Dominated by rugged mountain ranges, the majority of people live in the coastal plains which cover only one fifth of the country. Summers are warm and wet and winters dry and cold. Typhoons can occur in summer.
Cholera is currently reported in this country. It may also be listed by WHO as infected with cholera.
The Travel Doctor TMVC does not generally recommend vaccination. The current whole -cell vaccine is poorly protective and has high rates of side effects. The new oral choleravaccination is being evaluated and may be of benefit for long term residents in regionswhere cholera is endemic. Care with food and beverage selection is far more important thanvaccination.
Cholera vaccination is not subject to International Health Regulations for any countryhowever there are a few border crossings in Africa where customs officials may seek acertificate of vaccination.
The disease cholera is caused by a food and water borne bacteria. The organism is found widelyin the developing world, mostly in areas where sanitation infrastructure is lacking. It isestimated that only 1 in 500,000 travellers will have symptomatic illness.
Limited malaria risk - exclusively due to P. vivax - exists mainly in the northern areas of Gangwon Do and Kyunggi Do Provinces.
Yellow Fever Information
Yellow Fever does not occur in this country.
Country Requirements (WHO):
There are no current regulations in relation to yellow fever.