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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

Bibliographic Information

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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