By Oh Young-jin
At least eight cases of measles and 31 cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), a viral infection that afflicts newborns, have been reported in Gyeongsan and the adjacent Daegu region.
According to Gyeongsan health authorities Friday, four infants and toddlers who contracted measles were found to have visited the same pediatrician, while three of four adult patients went to the same clinic.
Measles is an airborne disease that is easily spread by the coughs and sneezes of infected people. Symptoms include a rash, runny nose, fever and inflamed eyes.
Authorities advised people to contact them immediately if they believe they have come in contact with an infected person or think they are infected.
At an institute that provides midwifery services in Daegu, 31 babies were diagnosed with RSV that, if not properly treated, can develop into life-threatening illnesses.