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Epidemiol Health. 2017;39(1):e2017015. English. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.4178/epih.e2017015
Bae JM .
Department of Preventive Medicine, Jeju National University Scool of Medicine, Jeju, Korea. jmbae@jejunu.ac.kr
Abstract

The Korea Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (KCDC) has announced a control program against latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection (LTBI), for a “TB-safe country” this year with the goal of a “TB-free Korea” by 2025. The program includes high school students as one target group; however, some school health teachers and parents have expressed their opposition to this. The 2015 World Health Organization guidelines do not recommend inclusion of asymptomatic high school students in LTBI control programs. Based on this guideline, the KCDC should consider excluding this population from the program.

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