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Characteristics and related factors of waterborne and foodborne infectious disease outbreaks before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic (2017–2021) in the Republic of Korea: a descriptive study

Kim E, Kim BI

Objectives The incidence of waterborne and foodborne infectious diseases (WFIDs) continues to increase annually, attracting significant global attention. This study examined trends in WFID outbreaks in the Republic of Korea...
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The impact of COVID-19 through epidemiological changes in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients: a study in a single emergency medical center

Kim KW, Choi SB, Lee HJ, Jung YY

  • KMID: 2545602
  • J Korean Soc Emerg Med.
  • 2023 Aug;34(4):297-304.
Objective: This study compared the epidemiological changes before and after the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients in a single center. This study analyzed the long-term...
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Epidemiological characteristics of carbapenemaseproducing Enterobacteriaceae outbreaks in the Republic of Korea between 2017 and 2022

Jeong H, Hyun J, Lee YK

Objectives: We aimed to describe the epidemiological characteristics of carbapenemaseproducing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) outbreaks in healthcare settings in the Republic of Korea between 2017 and 2022. Methods: Under the national notifiable disease...
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Clinical Manifestation of Ralstonia mannitolilytica Infection in Pediatric Patients and Epidemiological Investigation of Outbreaks

Kim G, Yoo RN, So H, Lee JY, Kim MN, Kim SH, Jhang WK, Park SJ, Lee J

Background: Ralstonia mannitolilytica is a causative organism of nosocomial infections, particularly associated with contaminated water, and resistant to various antibiotics, including carbapenems. Several clusters of R. mannitolilytica infections appeared in...
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An Outbreak of Campylobacter Jejuni Involving Healthcare Workers Detected by COVID-19 Healthcare Worker Symptom Surveillance

Shi HJ, Lee JB, Hong S, Eom JS, Park Y

We identified an outbreak of Campylobacter Jejuni enteritis through coronavirus infection 2019 (COVID-19), healthcare worker (HCW) symptom surveillance, which identified 15 HCWs with fever and diarrhea who were tested for...
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Outbreak of Nosocomial Legionellosis Managed by Adoption of Chlorine Dioxide Infusion System

Go S, Kim SY, Shin MJ, Lee ES, Kim YJ, Kim HB, Song KH, Park JS, Park SB, Park GY, Kim ES

Background: Close surveillance of Legionella in the plumbing systems of medical institutions is required because of the higher morbidity and mortality of nosocomial legionellosis. We experienced an outbreak of legionellosis in...
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Vaccine effectiveness and the epidemiological characteristics of a COVID-19 outbreak in a tertiary hospital in Republic of Korea

Ahn S, Son TJ, Jang Y, Choi J, Park YJ, Seong J, Kwon HH, Kim MJ, Kwon D

Objectives: Healthcare facilities are high-risk sites for infection. This study analyzed the epidemiological characteristics of a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in a tertiary hospital after COVID-19 vaccination had been...
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COVID-19 outbreak in a religious village community in Republic of Korea and risk factors for transmission

Shim J, Lee E, Kim E, Choi Y, Kang G, Kim BI

Objectives This study aimed to assess the scale and transmission patterns of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a religious village community in South Korea, to determine the risk factors of...
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The Epidemiological and Clinical Characteristics of the Largest Outbreak of Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli in Korea

Heo N, Lee J, Kim Y, Lee D, Heo SJ, Park YS, Yun JW, Kim YC

Background: The largest outbreak of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) O157:H7 occurred at a preschool in South Korea from June 12 to 29, 2020. This study aimed to analyze the epidemiological...
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Nosocomial Outbreak of COVID-19 from a Kidney Transplant Patient: Necessity of a Longer Isolation Period in Immunocompromised Patients

Kim CS, Kim UJ, Lee Y, Lee U, Choi O, Kim SH, Lee K, Chung YS, Choi HS, Bae EH, Ma SK, Kim SE, Kang SJ, Jung SI, Kim SW, Park KH

Background: Determination of the release from isolation for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in immunocompromised patients who need additional hospitalization for treatment of non-COVID-19 related disease is important to prevent nosocomial...
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The first reported hepatitis E outbreak in a food manufacturing factory: Korea, 2022

Yeom H, Seo S, Yoon Y, Lee J, Han MG, Lee DY, Park SW, Park SA, Jeong SH, Gwack J

Objectives: On February 16, 2022, 12 cases of hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection were reported in a food manufacturing factory in Korea. The aim of this study was to identify...
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A Measles Outbreak in a Local Children’s Hospital in Korea, 2019

So H, Kim KM, Bae EY, Cho EY

A measles outbreak with 20 confirmed cases occurred at a local children’s hospital in Daejeon from March 28 to April 21, 2019. The index patient was a 7-month-old girl with...
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Epidemiological investigation of a food-borne outbreak in a kindergarten, Jeju Province, Korea

Kim KM, Cho ES, Ahn SB, Kang EO, Bae JM

OBJECTIVES: On Monday, September 6, 2021, at a kindergarten in Jeju Province, a large number of children vomited and developed food poisoning symptoms, and this necessitated an epidemiological investigation. METHODS: The...
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COVID-19 Outbreak in Daegu City, Korea and Response to COVID-19: How Have We Dealt and What Are the Lessons?

Kim SW

The first coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in Daegu city was overcome by efforts, including; 1) prompt isolation and quarantine action by local government with cooperative help from expert groups...
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The 2022 monkeypox outbreak in nonendemic countries: a review for the emergency department clinician

Cho SY

Since May 2022, monkeypox (MPX) cases have been reported from several European countries, and this outbreak rapidly spread globally. Although MPX is not a new disease, most clinicians in nonendemic...
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder During the COVID-19 Outbreak: Do Dissociation and Emotional Metacognitive Beliefs Mediate the Role of Emotion Dysregulation?

Rogier G, Zobel SB, Rizzi D, Velotti P

Objective Despite the well-documented relationship between emotion dysregulation and both post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol use disorder symptoms, no studies investigated this issue in the context of the outbreak....
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A case-control study of acute hepatitis A in South Korea, 2019

Hyun JH, Yoon JY, Lee SH

Objectives: We aimed to reconfirm the source of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection through epidemiological and genotype investigations of individual cases in a 2019 outbreak in South Korea. Methods: We investigated food...
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Clinical Characteristics of Patients Who Contracted the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant from an Outbreak in a Single Hospital

Sohn YJ, Shin PJ, Oh WS, Kim E, Kim Y, Kim YK

There are few studies on the severity and prognosis of patients infected with the severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) omicron variant. From January 11, 2022 to January 25, 2022, 181...
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Effectiveness of Norovirus Outbreak Management Protocol for Controlling Outbreak of Norovirus in Pediatric Wards

Kim EO, Park HA

A norovirus outbreak management protocol was implemented in a tertiary care hospital in Seoul, South Korea. This was to prevent outbreaks of and the spread of the virus in the...
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Outbreak of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in a Long-term Acute Care Facility in the Republic of Korea

Jung S, Park S

Background: Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) emerged in a long-term acute care hospital in 2017. Therefore, this study aimed to examine the reasons for the occurrence of the CRE epidemic, the risk...
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