Health authorities reported a possible first case of community transmission of mpox in the nation Saturday, bringing the total number of infections to six.
The South Korean national, who has no recent overseas travel history, tested positive for the disease the previous day, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).
The person visited a hospital with a skin rash Monday and was reported to health authorities as a suspected case of mpox, formerly known as monkeypox, Thursday.
Unlike the previous five cases in the country, which were linked to overseas travel, the latest patient had not traveled abroad within the past three months, the KDCA said.
The individual also had no known contact with an infected person, it added.
The person began experiencing symptoms around the end of March and had been in contact with others for several days.
The patient is currently hospitalized and is in good health, the KDCA said. The agency did not give further details of the individual.
The virus, which is traditionally confined to regions in Central and Western Africa, can cause a fever, chills, rashes and lesions, among other symptoms.
South Korea's first case of mpox was confirmed June 22 last year, and the fifth case was reported March 13.
Source: Yonhap News Agency