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Global Management of Infectious Disease After Ebola$
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Sam F. Halabi, Lawrence O. Gostin, and Jeffrey S. Crowley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190604882

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190604882.001.0001

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Infectious Disease Threats in High-Resource Settings

Infectious Disease Threats in High-Resource Settings

The MERS-CoV Outbreak in Korea

(p.75) 4 Infectious Disease Threats in High-Resource Settings
Global Management of Infectious Disease After Ebola

Sugy Choi

Jong-koo Lee

Daniel R. Lucey

Oxford University Press

In chapter 4, Sugy Choi, Jong Koo-Lee, and Daniel R. Lucey analyze the 2015 outbreak of MERS-CoV in Korea in the same period in which Ebola spiraled out of control. The chapter demonstrates that even in countries with advanced medical facilities and relatively strong compliance with International Health Regulations obligations, the failure to implement basic measures may have wide-reaching consequences. It provides a detailed analysis not only of how small gaps in preparedness may render significant negative effects but also of the practical aspects of effective outbreak containment processes, including (1) early and complete identification and investigation of all contacts; (2) robust quarantine/isolation and monitoring of all contacts and suspected cases; (3) full implementation of infection prevention and control measures, including active surveillance and follow-up, and (4) prevention of travel, especially internationally, of infected persons and contacts.

Keywords:   MERS-CoV, Republic of Korea, contact tracing, quarantine, developed countries

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