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Role of China in the quest to define and control severe acute respiratory syndrome

Breiman, Robert F., Evans, Meirion Rhys, Preiser, Wolfgang, Maguire, James, Schnur, Alan, Li, Ailan, Bekedam, Henk and MacKenzie, John S. 2003. Role of China in the quest to define and control severe acute respiratory syndrome. Emerging infectious diseases 9 (9) , pp. 1037-1041. 10.3201/eid0909.030390

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China holds the key to solving many questions crucial to global control of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The disease appears to have originated in Guangdong Province, and the causative agent, SARS coronavirus, is likely to have originated from an animal host, perhaps sold in public markets. Epidemiologic findings, integral to defining an animal-human linkage, may then be confirmed by laboratory studies; once animal host(s) are confirmed, interventions may be needed to prevent further animal-to-human transmission. Community seroprevalence studies may help determine the basis for the decline in disease incidence in Guangdong Province after February 2002. China will also be able to contribute key data about how the causative agent is transmitted and how it is evolving, as well as identifying pivotal factors influencing disease outcome. There must be support for systematically addressing these fundamental questions in China and rapidly disseminating results.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC
ISSN: 1080-6040
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2019 02:33

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