The international response to the outbreak of SARS in 2003.


Heymann, DL; (2004) The international response to the outbreak of SARS in 2003. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological sciences, 359 (1447). pp. 1127-9. ISSN 0962-8436 DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2004.1484

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Abstract

The sudden arrival of an internationally spreading outbreak of a newly identified infectious disease in early 2003, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), provided an opportunity for a coordinated international response based on information and evidence obtained in real time through standard and electronic communications. Its containment represents a new way of working internationally, and demonstrates how intense collaboration in virology, clinical medicine and epidemiology can rapidly provide the information necessary to create and implement evidence-based control measures. The SARS outbreak serves as a reminder of the need for a strong national surveillance and response to infectious diseases, evidence-based international travel recommendations, and a global alert and response network to serve as a safety net when national surveillance fails.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 15306399
Web of Science ID: 222688200012
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2368

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