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Epidemiologic research on lung damage caused by humidifier disinfectants
Moo-Song Lee, Hwa Jung Kim
Epidemiol Health. 2016;38:e2016031.   Published online July 20, 2016
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In April 2011 a tertiary hospital located in Seoul, Korea reported several cases of severe respiratory distress of unknown origin in young adults. To find the route of transmission, causative agent and patient risk factors of the outbreak, an investigation of the epidemic was initiated. A hospital based case-control study was conducted to indicate that humidifier detergent use was the cause of the outbreak. This information led the Ministry of Health and Welfare of Korea issued an order that humidifier detergents should be withdrawn from the market. Here, we describe the major events of planning, execution, and interpretation of the study, and discussions between researchers and public authorities following the decision to perform an epidemiologic study, chronologically.
Korean summary
본 역학조사는 일개 병원에서 신고한 질병 유행에 대해 다학제적 연구 결과로써, 질병의 임상적 특성과 역학적 원인 파악 후 정책적 대책으로 이어진 사례이다. 향후 가습기 살균제 이외에도 일반국민의 건강에 영향을 미칠 수 있는 다양한 생활환경요인에 관심을 가지고, 필요 시 적극적인 조사와 대응이 필요할 것이다.


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