J Prev Med Public Health.  2015 Nov;48(6):277-279. 10.3961/jpmph.15.069.

A New Measure for Assessing the Public Health Response to a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Outbreak

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  • 1Graduate School of Public Health and Institute of Health and Environment, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. scho@snu.ac.kr

Abstract

Contact monitoring is an essential component of the public health response to a Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus outbreak, and is required for an effective quarantine to contain the epidemic. The timeliness of a quarantine is associated with its effectiveness. This paper provides a conceptual framework to describe the process of contact monitoring, and proposes a new measure called the "timely quarantined proportion" as a tool to assess the adequacy of a public health response.

Keyword

Contact tracing; Quarantine; Isolation; Surveillance; Transmission; Republic of Korea

MeSH Terms

Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology/*prevention & control/transmission
Disease Outbreaks
Health Personnel/ethics
Humans
Public Health/*ethics/legislation & jurisprudence
Quarantine
Republic of Korea/epidemiology
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