Infectious disease that threaten human health, such as Ebola, which started in Africa but has not been completely resolved through treatment or development of preventive methods, are prevalent worldwide. In Korea, insect-borne infections are spreading due to the climate change, which includes newly reported diseases such as SFTS. Moreover, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which caused many sacrifices in Korea in 2015, is still occurring in the Middle East. Also, more people are exposed to infectious agents prevalent in certain regions, such as dengue fever, while they travel around the world. Yet it is small enough to raise the public's awareness, public health in Korea will be increasingly threatened by various infectious diseases due to the subtropical climate of Korea and the increase in the number of overseas tourists.
In order to address this problem, the Institute of Endemic Diseases has conducted studies and built an international network to follow domestic as well as international infectious diseases. Through this, the institute aims to quickly communicate and respond to domestic and overseas infectious diseases.
Director. Bum-Joon Kim Institute of Endemic Diseases