SARS: A case study in emerging infections

Paperback | March 22, 2005

EditorAngela McLean, Robert May, John Pattison

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The sudden appearance and rapid spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002 served to alert 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 thedangers 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 the control of emerging infections. Emerging infections are more than just a current biological fashion: the bitter ongoing experience of AIDS and the looming threat of pandemicinfluenza teach us that the control of infectious disease is a problem we have not yet solved. Scientists from a broad range of disciplines-biologists, veterinarians, physicians, and policy makers-all need to prepare. But prepare for what? SARS: a case study in emerging infections provides an up-to-date and accessible overview of the tasks that must be addressed by a community that wishes to confront emerging infections. Each chapter is written by a world expert and offers an authoritative and timely overview of its subject. Whilefocusing on SARS, the book addresses a whole range of pertinent considerations and issues, from the use of new mathematical models to account for the spread of infection across global airline networks, to a discussion of the ethics of quarantining individuals in order to protect communities. Thebook will be of interest to students, academics, and policy makers working in the fields of disease ecology, medicine, and public health.

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The sudden appearance and rapid spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002 served to alert 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 thedangers posed by life-threatening infections. The...

Angela McLean is a University Lecturer in the Zoology Department of the University of Oxford. Her professional interests are the transmission dynamics and within-host dynamics of infectious agents. Lord Robert May of Oxford is President of the Royal Society and Professor of Zoology at the University of Oxford. John Pattison is Dir...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:142 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.31 inPublished:March 22, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Angela McLean, Robert May, John Pattison, and Robin Weiss: Introduction2. A.J. McMichael: Environmental and social influences on emerging infectious diseases: past, present, and future3. Edward C. Holmes and Andrew Rambaut: Evolutionary genetics and the emergence of SARS coronavirus4. Robin Bush: Influenza as a model system for studying the cross-species transfer and evolution of the SARS coronavirus5. Nanshan Zhong and Guangqiao Zeng: Management and prevention of SARS in China6. Malik Peiris and Y. Guan: Confronting SARS: A view from Hong Kong7. A.D.M.E. Osterhaus, R.A.M. Fouchier, and T. Kuiken: The aetiology of SARS: Koch's postulates fulfilled8. A. Bermingham, P. Heinen, M. Iturriza-Gomara, J. Gray, H. Appleton, and M. Zambon: Laboratory Diagnosis of SARS9. Diana Bell, Scott Roberton, and Paul R Hunter: Animal origins of SARS coronavirus: possible links with the international trade in small carnivores10. Roy M. Anderson, Christophe Fraser, Azra C. Ghani, Christl A. Donnelly, Steven Riley, Neil M. Ferguson, Gabriel M. Leung, T. H. Lam, and Anthony J. Hedley: Epidemiology, transmission dynamics and control of SARS: the 2002-2003 epidemic11. D. Brockmann, L. Hufnagel, and T. Giesel: Dynamics of modern epidemics12. David L. Heymann: The international response to the outbreak of SARS, 200313. Robert Maunder, William Lancee, Sean Rourke, Jonathan Hunter, David Goldbloom, Ken Balderson, Patricia Petryshen, Molyn Leszcz, Rosalie Steinberg, Donald Wasylenki, David Koh, and Calvin S.L. Fones: The experience of the 2003 SARS outbreak as a traumatic stress among frontline healthcare workersin Toronto: lessons learned14. Onora O'Neill: Informed consent and public health15. Angela McLean and Robin Weiss: What have we learnt from SARS?ReferencesIndex

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"The book is extremely timely, topical and important." --Professor Simon Levin, Princeton University.