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Reference and Periodicals
Reference and Periodicals
- -03-23-13 Where Are We 10 Years After SARS? (Healthland.Time.com)
"We face what I describe as a perfect storm of vulnerability. We have emerging infections, drug-resistant microbes, globalization of travel, and increasing ease of creating threats in the lab. We got lucky that that none of the cases in the U.S. came from a super-spreader, that it was controllable in the early stages, and that we acted aggressively to isolate the suspected cases."
"One of the most important things we can do is to train epidemiologists in other countries on how to find and stop outbreaks before they spread." 03-13
- SARS: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (CBC News)
Provides facts and news stories about the mystery illness. 3-03
- SARS Gene Sequenced (CNN News)
"Researchers in Canada and the United States, working independently, announced they sequenced the genome for the suspected cause of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome." 4-03
- SARS Basics (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Provides both basic and comprehensive information about SARS. 4-03
- SARS Basics (World Health Organization)
Provides news and comprehensive information about SARS. 4-03
- SARS Beaten in Viet Nam (BBC News - Black)
"It has been 20 days since Vietnam's last reported case - twice the incubation period - and the World Health Organization says the country has successfully controlled its outbreak." 4-03
- SARS Map - Global Update (BBC News)
Provides a world map with descriptions of the progression of SARS. "Click on the map for details of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) cases, deaths and events from around the world." 4-03
- SARS Timeline (BBC News)
Provides a timeline of outbreaks of SARS. 4-03
- SARS May Be Spread By Touch (BBC News)
"New research into the deadly Sars virus suggests it might be able to be spread through contact with contaminated objects." 5-03
- SARS Tests Our Global Village (BBC News)
"Sars was seen as the biggest test so far of whether individual countries could cope with the pressure of infected people arriving daily at their airports." 5-03
- SARS More Deadly Than Thought (FoxNews.com)
"The SARS virus is even deadlier than previously thought, the World Health Organization (search) said Thursday, sharply raising its estimated death rate from the disease to 14-15 percent of all victims."
"SARS (search) is particularly deadly for senior citizens, WHO said, estimating that more than half the victims 65 and over are likely to be killed by the flu-like illness." 5-03
- SARS Mutates Slowly (Bloomberg - Lauerman)
"The virus that causes SARS appears to be mutating slowly, calming fears of a disease that will easily resist drugs and increasing chances of a vaccine, according to research that will be published today in the Lancet medical journal." 5-03
- SARS Linked to Animal Virus (USAToday.com)
"The virus that infects humans with SARS is slightly different from one found in wild animals sold in China for food, but close enough to suggest the disease jumped from animals to humans and could do so again, researchers say." 9-03
- 09-30-05 SARS Hiding Place Found (Bloomberg.com)
"Bats that harbor viruses similar to the one that causes SARS may be the ultimate source of the lung disease that killed almost 800 people from late 2002 through 2003, according to a study in Sciencexpress, the online version of Science magazine." 9-05
- -10-10-05 Approach to Quarantines: Medieval or Modern? (MSNBC News)
"Quarantine — or some version of it — in a 21st-century flu pandemic would look very different from the medieval stereotype of diseased outcasts locked in a do-not-enter zone."
"President Bush’s specter of a military-enforced mass quarantine is prompting debate of the Q-word as health officials update the nation’s plan for battling a pandemic — a plan expected to define who decides when and how to separate the contagious from everyone else."
"Bush’s comments recall how quarantines were enforced in parts of this country in the 1890s, when armed guards patrolled streets to keep victims of smallpox and other dread diseases confined to their homes."
On the other hand, "The SARS epidemic of 2003 illustrated that 'the public will voluntarily comply with measures to both protect themselves and their loved ones' — if doctors make the case that the steps are for their own good," said Dr. Marty Cetron, head of quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
" 'Quarantine' means restricting the movement of still healthy people who may have been exposed to an infectious disease, in case they’re carrying it. It’s almost always for a brief time; during SARS, for instance, hospital workers exposed to suspect cases were asked to stay home from work during the respiratory disease’s 10-day incubation period." 10-05
- Respirators for Pandemics (CDC.gov)
Provides a list of NIOSH-Approved N95 Disposable Particulate Respirators for use in case of a flu pandemic. 07-07
- Respirators for Virus Protection (Tasco-Safety.com)
"Particulate respirators may be used to reduce exposure to particles that are small enough to be inhaled - particles less than 100 microns (µm) in size. This includes airborne particles that may contain biological material, e.g. mold, Bacillus anthracis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the virus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), etc." For protection from viruses, a respirator must pass the NIOSH N95 test. 02-08
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