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Korean J healthc assoc Infect Control Prev 2022; 27(1): 18-27

Published online June 30, 2022 https://doi.org/10.14192/kjicp.2022.27.1.18

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Current Status and Infection Control of Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome in Korea

Hyunjoo Oh1, Jeong Rae Yoo1,2, Misun Kim1, Sang Taek Heo1,2

Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Jeju National University Hospital1, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Jeju National University College of Medicine2, Jeju, Korea

Correspondence to: Sang Taek Heo
E-mail: neosangtaek@naver.com
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8947-5069

Received: April 27, 2022; Revised: May 15, 2022; Accepted: May 16, 2022

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0).

Abstract

Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is an emerging tick-borne infectious disease caused by a novel Dabie bandavirus belonging to the genus Bandavirus. The incidence of SFTS has been increasing in East Asia, posing a great concern to public health in endemic areas. Although SFTS has a high case-fatality rate, there is currently no effective treatment for SFTS. Therefore, early diagnosis and prevention of SFTS are essential. Primarily, SFTS is a tick-borne zoonosis, but human-to-human transmission can also occur in healthcare workers or family members by exposure to patients’ blood or body fluids. We review the current epidemiological characteristics of SFTS in Korea and the key infection control measures in hospitals and household settings.

Keywords: Epidemiology, Infection control, Korea, Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, Bandavirus

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