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CDC: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
The CDC site includes basic information on the disease, its cause and spread, information for travelers, clinicians, patients, health departments, and others. There is also information on quarantine, laboratory and specimen procedures, diagnosis, and reporting.

The Economic Costs of Infectious Diseases (Parliament of Australia, Library)
"While the economic costs of the SARS outbreak are only just beginning to be calculated, it is already clear that it will severely affect the growth rates of major East Asian economies."

Images of the New Coronavirus (WHO Communicable Disease Surveillance & Response)

NIAID Research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
Provides a summary of the research projects of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. SARS Health Update
Includes fact sheets in English, Chinese, and other languages, as well as daily news updates.

Rapid Diagnosis of a Coronavirus Associated with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) (Clinical Chemistry journal, April 18, 2003)
A description of "a rapid noninvasive diagnostic test for a novel coronavirus associated with SARS. The assay is positive early in the disease. For modest numbers of specimens, the procedure (e.g., RNA extraction, reverse transcription, and real-time PCR) can be completed in 34 hours."

Recommendations for the Assessment of Donor Suitability and Blood Product Safety in Cases of Suspected Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) or Exposure to SARS (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

SARSReference
"SARS Reference is a medical textbook that provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of severe acute repiratory syndrome. Access is free of charge. For the duration of the epidemic, SARS Reference will be updated every month." From FreeBooks4Doctors.

SARS Coronavirus Resource (National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine)
"This web resource provides data and information relevant to SARS coronavirus. It includes links to the most recent sequence data and publications."

SARS Outbreak: Improvements to Public Health Capacity are Needed for Responding to Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases (U.S. General Accounting Office, May 2003)
"GAO was asked to examine the preparedness of state and local public health agencies and hospitals for responding to a largescale infectious disease outbreak and the relationship of federal and state planning for an influenza pandemic to preparedness for emerging infectious diseases."

Science Magazine Special Online Collection: The SARS Epidemic
"The molecular biology of the coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) comes into clearer focus with the online publication, on Science Express, of two papers that provide initial analysis and characterization of the SARS virus genome." Additional Science news and commentary on the SARS epidemic is available here.

UC Berkeley News SARS Updates and Resources
Information from the UC Berkeley NewsCenter.
» UCB Faculty Experts on SARS

World Health Organization. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
From WHO's Department of Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response, this site includes daily updates of the number of probable cases, the affected areas, and more epidemiological information. Their Guidelines page includes laboratory diagnostic testing information, hospital discharge and follow-up policy, infection control guidelines, and information regarding goods and animals arriving from SARS-affected areas.

One month into the global SARS outbreak: Status of the outbreak and lessons for the immediate future (Dr. David L. Heymann, Executive Director of WHO's communicable disease programmes, April 11, 2003)


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