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The Serial Interval of COVID-19 in Korea: 1,567 Pairs of Symptomatic Cases from Contact Tracing

Hong K, Yum S, Kim J, Chun BC

Although coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an ongoing pandemic, the mean serial interval was measured differently across nations. Through the Korean national COVID-19 contact tracing system, we were able to...
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An interim review of the epidemiological characteristics of 2019 novel coronavirus

Ryu S, Chun BC, Korean Society of Epidemiology 2019-nCoV Task Force Team

OBJECTIVES: The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from Wuhan, China is currently recognized as a public health emergency of global concern. METHODS: We reviewed the currently available literature to provide up-to-date guidance...
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Estimating Influenza-associated Mortality in Korea: The 2009–2016 Seasons

Hong K, Sohn S, Chun BC

OBJECTIVES: Estimating influenza-associated mortality is important since seasonal influenza affects persons of all ages, causing severe illness or death. This study aimed to estimate influenza-associated mortality, considering both periodic changes...
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The flipped classroom model for an undergraduate epidemiology course

Sohn S, Lee YM, Jung J, Cha ES, Chun BC

PURPOSE: The flipped classroom has been suggested as a method for efficient teaching in medical education. However, its feasibility and effectiveness in the educational environment are often overlooked. The authors...
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‘Pneumonia Weather’: Short-term Effects of Meteorological Factors on Emergency Room Visits Due to Pneumonia in Seoul, Korea

Sohn S, Cho W, Kim JA, Altaluoni , Hong K, Chun BC

OBJECTIVES: Many studies have explored the relationship between short-term weather and its health effects (including pneumonia) based on mortality, although both morbidity and mortality pose a substantial burden. In this...
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Health Indicators Related to Disease, Death, and Reproduction

Choi J, Ki M, Kwon HJ, Park B, Bae S, Oh CM, Chun BC, Oh GJ, Lee YH, Lee TY, Cheong HK, Choi BY, Park JH, Park SK

One of the primary goals of epidemiology is to quantify various aspects of a population’s health, illness, and death status and the determinants (or risk factors) thereof by calculating health...
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Individual and regional factors associated with suicidal ideation among Korean elderly: a multilevel analysis of the Korea Community Health Survey

Jeong SH, Chun BC

OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to identify the individual and regional characteristics that influence suicidal ideation among the Korean elderly population. METHODS: Using data collected from the 2013 Korea Community Health Survey,...
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Bibliographical Characteristics of North Korean Medical Journals and Articles

Ha S, Yoon SJ, Chun BC, Kim KJ, Roh SY, Lee EJ, Kim WH, Kim SG, Lee YH

The aim of our work was to analyze the bibliographical characteristics of 9 North Korean medical journals and articles. All journals show only ten pieces of information, such as publication...
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Investigation of Scarlet Fever Outbreak in a Kindergarten

Ryu S, Chun BC

BACKGROUND: Scarlet fever is caused by a group A streptococcal (GAS) infection. On April 3, 2017, an outbreak among children in a kindergarten was reported to the local health department....
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Outbreak investigation of pertussis in an elementary school: a case-control study among vaccinated students

Ryu S, Kim JJ, Chen MY, Jin H, Lee HK, Chun BC

PURPOSE: A pertussis patient from an elementary school, in Gyeonggi Province, Korea, was notified to public health authority on July 25, 2017. Epidemiologic investigation was conducted to identify the magnitude,...
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Community-acquired Legionnaires’ Disease in a Newly Constructed Apartment Building

Ryu S, Yang K, Chun BC

OBJECTIVES: Legionnaires' disease (LD) is a severe type of pneumonia caused by inhalation of aerosols contaminated with Legionella. On September 22, 2016, a single case of LD was reported from...
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One Health Perspectives on Emerging Public Health Threats

Ryu S, Kim BI, Lim JS, Tan CS, Chun BC

Antimicrobial resistance and emerging infectious diseases, including avian influenza, Ebola virus disease, and Zika virus disease have significantly affected humankind in recent years. In the premodern era, no distinction was...
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Understanding and Modeling the Super-spreading Events of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Outbreak in Korea

Chun BC

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Consideration of Discontinuance of Malaria Antibody Test for Blood Donor Screening

Kang JW, Youn KW, Huh K, Lim CS, Chun BC, Yeom JS, Oh DJ

BACKGROUND: Since 2001, the Korean Red Cross has performed malaria antibody test for blood donors in malaria-risk areas to prevent transfusion-transmitted malaria. However, due to insufficient sensitivity and specificity the...
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Definition and management of the close contacts with Middle East respiratory syndrome cases: reflection and lessons in 2015 Korean outbreak

Chun BC

Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is an emerging zoonosis caused by the novel MERS corona virus isolated in 2012. Most MERS cases have been reported from Arab countries of the...
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The Prevalence Rate of Tuberculin Skin Test Positive by Contacts Group to Predict the Development of Active Tuberculosis After School Outbreaks

Kim HJ, Chun BC, Kwon A, Lee GH, Ryu S, Oh SY, Lee JB, Yoo SH, Kim ES, Kim JH, Shin C, Lee SH

BACKGROUND: The tuberculin skin test (TST) is the standard tool to diagnose latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in mass screening. The aim of this study is to find an optimal cut-off...
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Blood Stream Infections in Patients in the Burn Intensive Care Unit

Lee HG, Jang J, Choi JE, Chung DC, Han JW, Woo H, Jeon W, Chun BC

BACKGROUND: The study on bacteremia helps empirically select the proper antibiotics before the results of culture test about causative pathogen. The purpose of this study is to investigate causative pathogen...
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Economic burden of otitis media and a survey of physicians for its practice and claim codes in Korea

Chun BC, Sohn WY, Jung W, Lee HJ

Otitis media (OM) is one of the most common pediatric infectious diseases. The burden of OM is known in many countries, but data for Korea has not been collected. The...
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Prognostic Factors of Community-acquired Bacteremic Patients with Severe sepsis: A Prospective, Observational Study

Yoon YK, Kim MJ, Park DW, Kwon SS, Chun BC, Cheong HJ, Choi JY, Choi HJ, Choi YH, Kim HY, Eom JS, Kim SI, Song YG, Peck KR, Kim YS, Kim JM, Sohn JW, Korean Sepsis Working Group

BACKGROUND: Characterization of clinical features of bacteremic severe sepsis acquired from the community has been inadequate; therefore, our goal in this study was to identify prognostic factors associated with outcome...
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Incidence and Epidemiological Characteristics of 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) Among School-Based Populations in Korea

Kim HJ, Chun BC, Hann HJ, Sohn JW, Kee SY, Kim SH, Jo MY, Lee KY, Lee SH, Kim MJ, Ahn HS

BACKGROUND: During the 2009 influenza pandemic in Korea, school-age children were mostly attacked by the novel influenza A virus (H1N1). Nevertheless, there is limited information on the cumulative incidence of...
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