Preparing to prevent severe acute respiratory syndrome and other respiratory infections

Lancet Infect Dis. 2004 Nov;4(11):684-9. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(04)01174-0.


Globalisation and its effect on human development has rendered an environment that is conducive for the rapid international spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and other new infectious diseases yet to emerge. After the unprecedented multi-country outbreak of avian influenza with human cases in the winter of 2003-2004, an influenza pandemic is a current threat. A critical review of problems and solutions encountered during the 2003-2004 SARS epidemics will serve as the basis for considering national preparedness steps that can be taken to facilitate the early detection of avian influenza, and a rapid response to an influenza pandemic should it occur.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • China / epidemiology
  • Communicable Disease Control / methods*
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Influenza, Human / epidemiology
  • Influenza, Human / prevention & control
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / prevention & control*