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Korean Journal of Epidemiology 2001;23(1): 80-80.
A Epidemic Survey of the Shigellosis in Jeju Island during the First Half of Year 2000.
Jong Myon Bae, Sang Won Lee, Byung Guk Yang, Seong Chul Hong, Geun Ryang Bae, Sung Hack Kang
1Department of Preventive Medicine, Cheju National UniversityCollege of Medicine.
2Department of Communicable Diseases Control, Nationalinstitute of Health.
3Bureau of Health, Welfare, and Women, Jeju Province.
Abstract
PURPOSE:
A field investigation was done to evaluate the level of the epidemic of Shigellosis in Jeju Island during the first half of year 2000.
METHODS:
Confirming the Shigellosis was done by the structured questionnaire and the result of rectal swab for the residents having a diarrhea.
RESULTS:
As the confirmed patients with Shigella sonnei were 933 from 25 April to 14 August 2000, the crude incidence rate was 174 per 100,000 persons. The highest incidence rate was shown in 5-9 year-old group. Especially the south area of Jeju Island, called as Namjejugun, had the major epidemic occurrence.
CONCLUSIONS:
The huge and chronic epidemic of Shigellosis was confirmed. The nature of this epidemic suggested that the endemic occurrence had been existed in Jeju Island.
Keywords: Shigella; Disease outbreaks; Jeju Island


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