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10. The applicable laws at the time did not allow the government to disclose or provide information they had gathered on infected patients. This led to one of the largest hospitals in South Korea unwittingly becoming one of the major points of transmission for the MERS virus. This experience revealed the need for information disclosure, especially regarding the travel histories of confirmed patients, when dealing with a crisis brought about by an infectious disease. 11. For instance, Article 34-2 of the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act states, ‘When an infectious disease harmful to citizens’ health is spreading, the Minister of Health and Welfare shall promptly disclose information with which citizens are required to be acquainted for preventing the infectious disease, such as the movement paths, transportation means, medical treatment institutions, and contacts of patients of the infectious disease: Provided, That any relevant party with respect to whom there exist any matters inconsistent with the facts among the disclosed matters or who has any opinion on the disclosed matters, may file an objection with the Minister of Health and Welfare.’

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Sarah Hye Jung Kim is a recent graduate of Hanyang University School of Law in Seoul, South Korea. Melissa Hye-Shun Yoon is a professor at Hanyang University School of Law in Seoul, South Korea.

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