Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
Since the response to MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in 2015, the necessity to establish an organization for instantaneous control and command over disease prevention and control sites in the event of outbreak of infectious diseases has been raised. Accordingly, KCDC established an Emergency Operations Center in January 2016.
A national disease prevention and control system improvement plan for more effective and thorough response to new infectious diseases was finalized on September 1, 2015 at the national policy coordination meeting. KCDC is continuously analyzing international trends, overseeing immigration quarantine, strengthening epidemiologic investigation competencies, building a spontaneous risk response and swift diagnosis system and promoting expansion of the related infrastructure, such as negative pressure isolation wards. The Emergency Operations Center collects and analyzes domestic and international infectious disease information in real-time through its 24-hour control room to detect emergency situations at an early phase and effectively controls them by sending an emergency reaction team for early response.