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Korean J Parasitol. 2018 Oct;56(5):401-408. doi: 10.3347/kjp.2018.56.5.401. Epub 2018 Oct 31.

Prevention and Control Strategies for Parasitic Infections in the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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1
Department of Biotechnology, College of Biomedical and Health Science, Konkuk University, Chungju 27478, Korea.
2
Department of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, and Institute of Endemic Diseases, Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Seoul 03080, Korea.
3
Division of Vectors and Parasitic Diseases, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Osong 28159, Korea.
4
Korea Association of Health Promotion, Seoul 07653, Korea.
5
Department of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, Inha University School of Medicine, Incheon 22212, Korea.

Abstract

Korea is successfully controlled intestinal parasitic infections owing to economic development and high health consciousness. The Division of Vectors and Parasitic Diseases (formerly the Division of Malaria and Parasitology) is in the Center for Laboratory Control of Infectious Diseases of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has been the governmental agency responsible for controlling and leading scientific research on parasitic diseases. The Division of Vectors and Parasitic Diseases has conducted and funded basic research and disseminated the research results to various medical fields, ultimately promoting public health in Korea. Among the noteworthy achievements of this division are the national surveillance of healthcare-associated parasitic infections, prevention and control for parasitic infections, and the elimination of lymphatic filariasis from Korea. On a broader scale, the division's research programs and academic supports were influential in preventing and treating infectious parasitic diseases through public policies and laws. In this review, we summarize the past and present role of the Division of Vectors and Parasitic Diseases in preventing and treating infectious parasitic diseases in Korea.

KEYWORDS:

KCDC; Surveillance of parasite; parasite control

PMID:
30419725
PMCID:
PMC6243194
DOI:
10.3347/kjp.2018.56.5.401
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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