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ISSN : 2287-7991(Print)
ISSN : 2287-8009(Online)
Journal of the Preventive Veterinary Medicine Vol.43 No.2 pp.62-67

Epidemiological aspects of pathogenic microbial foodborne disease outbreaks in Korea and Japan from 2011 to 2015

Myeong-Jin Lee1#,Kwang-Young Song2#,Won-Chang Lee2,Jung-Whan Chon2,Hyunsook Kim3,Jaewoon Jeong2,4,Dongryeoul Bae2,Kun-Ho Seo2†
1Faculty of Health and Nutrition, Otemae University, Osaka 540-0008, Japan
2Department of Public Health and Center for One Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University, Seoul 05029, Korea
3Department of Food & Nutrition, College of Human Ecology, Hanyang University, Seoul 04763, Korea
4Environmental Futures Research Institute, School of Environment, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland 4111, Australia
# These authors equally contributed.
Corresponding Author. Kun-Ho Seo, Tel: +82-2-450-4121, Fax: +82-2-3436-4128,


Herein, we compared the epidemiological aspects of pathogenic microbial foodborne disease (FBD) outbreaks in Korea and Japan from 2011 to 2015. In Korea, the cumulative incidence rate (CIR) of FBD was 12.6 per 100,000 individuals, and the patients per outbreak (P/O) was 22.1 for the period from 2011 to 2015. During the same period in Japan, the CIR was 17.4, and the P/O was 21.1. In Korea, outbreaks of FBDs were more common in summer, whereas those in Japan were more frequent in winter. In Korea, microbial agents accounted for 55.6% of all outbreaks, whereas that in Japan was 77.1% of all outbreaks. Moreover, Bacillus cereus, Clostridium spp., pathogenic Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp., and Vibrio parahaemolyticus were more common in Korea than in Japan. In summary, FBD outbreaks showed characteristic differences between Korea and Japan, reflecting differences in culture, food habits, climate, and geography between the two countries.