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SARS: A case study in emerging infections

Angela McLean, Robert May, John Pattison, and Robin Weiss


The sudden appearance and rapid spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 alerted the world to the fact that emerging infections are a global problem. Living in affluent societies with well-developed healthcare systems does not necessarily protect people from the dangers posed by life-threatening infections. The SARS epidemic tested global preparedness for dealing with a new infectious agent and raised important questions: How did we do, and what did we learn? This book uses the SARS outbreak as a case study to enumerate the generic issues that must be considered when planning ... More

Keywords: infection, healthcare systems, epidemic, infectious agent, AIDS, pandemic influenza, airline networks, quarantining, protection

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198568193
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568193.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angela McLean, editor
University of Oxford, UK

Robert May, editor
University of Oxford, UK
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John Pattison, editor
Department of Health, UK

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CHAPTER 1 Introduction

Angela R. McLean, Robert M. May, John Pattison, and Robin A. Weiss

CHAPTER 5 Management and prevention of SARS in China

Nanshan Zhong, and Guangqiao Zeng

CHAPTER 6 Confronting SARS: a view from Hong Kong

J. S. Malik Peiris, and Yi Guan

CHAPTER 7 The aetiology of SARS: Koch's postulates fulfilled

Albert D. M. E. Osterhaus, Ron A. M. Fouchier, and Thijs Kuiken

CHAPTER 8 Laboratory diagnosis of SARS

Alison Bermingham, Paul P. Heinen, Miren Iturriza-Gómara, Jim J. Gray, Hazel Appleton, and Maria C. Zambon

CHAPTER 10 Epidemiology, transmission dynamics, and control of SARS: the 2002–2003 epidemic

Roy M. Anderson, Christophe Fraser, Azra C. Ghani, Christl A. Donnelly, Steven Riley, Neil M. Ferguson, Gabriel M. Leung, Tai H. Lam, and Anthony J. Hedley

CHAPTER 11 Dynamics of modern epidemics

Dirk Brockmann, Lars Hufnagel, and Theo Geisel

CHAPTER 13 The Experience of the 2003 SARS outbreak as a traumatic stress among frontline health-care workers in Toronto: lessons learned

Robert Maunder, William J. Lancee, Sean B. Rourke, Jonathan Hunter, David S. Goldbloom, Ken Balderson, Patricia M. Petryshen, Molyn Leszcz, Rosalie Steinberg, Donald Wasylenki, David Koh, and Calvin S. L. Fones

CHAPTER 15 What have we learnt from SARS?

Robin A. Weiss, and Angela R. McLean

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