SEOUL, Dec. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s health authorities and one of the nation’s three mobile carriers launched a collaboration on Wednesday to monitor and further prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Under an agreement between the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and LG Uplus Co., the authorities will provide information about virus outbreaks in other countries to people using roaming service overseas provided by LG Uplus.
Also, the mobile carrier will deliver roaming data pertaining to whether their users had visited locations of disease outbreaks to the KCDC.
The KCDC launched a similar pilot program with the country’s second largest major mobile carrier, KT Corp., last month. The agency said it will also kick off the program with the country’s largest carrier, SK Telecom Co., in April.
The program comes amid mounting calls that a strengthened monitoring system is needed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Zika cases have raised concerns of a widespread epidemic in South Korea just a year after an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).