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Reasonable Solutions for Legal Disputes and Regulations on Epidemics
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Reasonable Solutions for Legal Disputes and Regulations on Epidemics
Lee, Kyunghwan; Kim, Taehwan; Kim, Mannoh; Han, Sunwoo;
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In the aftermath of a recent outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), legal matters on the spread of epidemics have emerged as major social issues in Korea, with the awareness that rampant contagious diseases are disasters in society. Problems arose over damages arising from patients who contract infectious diseases, compensation for people under quarantine and for a partial, or entire, shutdown of hospitals, and information disclosure on infectious diseases. As epidemic-linked problems have never been socially disputed in Korea, the relevant legal issues appear to be studied comparatively less than other areas. As interests are heightened over legal issues on infectious illnesses amid the MERS scare, in-depth, further research on such legal issues should be conducted in an utmost effort to prevent and make preparations for epidemics which potentially become a social disaster, such as new Hong Kong flu, Ebola virus and Zika virus.
contagious diseases;social disaster;compensation;shutdown;
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