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Effect of Information Disclosure Policy on Control of Infectious Disease: MERS-CoV Outbreak in South Korea

by 1,2,†, 3,†, 4, 5, 6 and 7,*
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Department of Health Administration, College of Health Science, Dankook University, Cheonan 31116, Korea
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Department of Health Sciences, Global Health, University Medical Centre Groningen/University of Groningen, 9713 GZ Groningen, The Netherlands
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Department of Health Administration, College of Health Sciences, Yonsei University, Wonju 26493, Korea
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Department of Humanities and Social Medicine, College of Medicine and Catholic Institute for Healthcare Management, the Catholic University of Korea, Seoul 06591, Korea
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Department of Biostatistics, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul 02841, Korea
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Department of Healthcare Management, Eulji University, Seongnam 13135, Korea
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Institute for Occupational & Environmental Health, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul 02841, Korea
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Contributed equally to this study as first authors.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(1), 305; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010305
Received: 24 November 2019 / Revised: 28 December 2019 / Accepted: 31 December 2019 / Published: 1 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Public Health Statistics and Risk Assessment)
This study examined the effect of disclosing a list of hospitals with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) patients on the number of laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV cases in South Korea. MERS-CoV data from 20 May 2015 to 5 July 2015 were from the Korean Ministry of Health & Welfare website and analyzed using segmented linear autoregressive error models for interrupted time series. This study showed that the number of laboratory-confirmed cases was increased by 9.632 on 5 June (p < 0.001). However, this number was significantly decreased following disclosure of a list of hospitals with MERS-CoV cases (Estimate = −0.699; p < 0.001). Disclosing the list of hospitals exposed to MERS-CoV was critical to the prevention of further infection. It reduced the number of confirmed MERS-CoV cases. Thus, providing accurate and timely information is a key to critical care response. View Full-Text
Keywords: Middle East respiratory syndrome; MERS-CoV; infectious disease; prevention; information disclosure policy Middle East respiratory syndrome; MERS-CoV; infectious disease; prevention; information disclosure policy
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Noh, J.-W.; Yoo, K.-B.; Kwon, Y.D.; Hong, J.H.; Lee, Y.; Park, K. Effect of Information Disclosure Policy on Control of Infectious Disease: MERS-CoV Outbreak in South Korea. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 305. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010305

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Noh J-W, Yoo K-B, Kwon YD, Hong JH, Lee Y, Park K. Effect of Information Disclosure Policy on Control of Infectious Disease: MERS-CoV Outbreak in South Korea. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(1):305. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010305

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Noh, Jin-Won; Yoo, Ki-Bong; Kwon, Young D.; Hong, Jin H.; Lee, Yejin; Park, Kisoo. 2020. "Effect of Information Disclosure Policy on Control of Infectious Disease: MERS-CoV Outbreak in South Korea" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 1: 305. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010305

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