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Korean J healthc assoc Infect Control Prev 2023; 28(1): 22-28

Published online June 30, 2023 https://doi.org/10.14192/kjicp.2023.28.1.22

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Institutional Tuberculosis Control and Elimination Program

Shi Nae Yu1, Tae Hyong Kim2 , Su Ha Han3 , Yang-Ki Kim4

Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Cheonan Hospital1, Cheonan, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital2, Seoul, Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University3, Cheonan, Division of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital4, Seoul, Korea

Correspondence to: Tae Hyong Kim
E-mail: geuncom@schmc.ac.kr
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2920-9038

Su Ha Han
E-mail: jasmin720@sch.ac.kr
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8181-1195

Received: May 2, 2023; Revised: May 14, 2023; Accepted: May 17, 2023

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

The tuberculosis burden in Korea was previously disastrous; however, the efforts of the health authorities have led to significant improvement. In particular, policies have been set to accommodate the current medical system, where private hospitals have become dominant in the private-public mix. Additionally, healthcare workers in medical institutions are currently being screened and treated for latent tuberculosis. Paradoxically, the COVID-19 pandemic response has led to improvements in the problem of insufficient negative pressure isolation facilities. Technological advancements in microbiological and radiological diagnosis have also reduced the time to diagnosis of tuberculosis. In Korea, more aggressive strategies for contact investigation are currently being tested, with the future goal of eliminating tuberculosis.

Keywords: Tuberculosis, Latent tuberculosis, Infection control, Health personnel

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