Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the GDP. Part I: epidemiology, virology, pathology and general health issues

Li, R. W. K., Leung, K. W. C., Sun, F. C. S. and Samaranayake, L. P. (2004) Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the GDP. Part I: epidemiology, virology, pathology and general health issues. British Dental Journal, 197 2: 77-80. doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.4811469


Author Li, R. W. K.
Leung, K. W. C.
Sun, F. C. S.
Samaranayake, L. P.
Title Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the GDP. Part I: epidemiology, virology, pathology and general health issues
Journal name British Dental Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0007-0610
1476-5373
Publication date 2004-07-24
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1038/sj.bdj.4811469
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 197
Issue 2
Start page 77
End page 80
Total pages 4
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Language eng
Abstract The health profession faces a new challenge with the emergence of a novel viral disease Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a form of atypical pneumonia caused by a coronavirus termed SARS-CoV. This highly infectious disease has spread through 32 countries, infecting more than 8,400 patients with over 790 deaths in just over 6 months. Over one quarter of those infected were unsuspecting healthcare workers. The major transmission mode of SARS-coronavirus appears to be through droplet spread with other minor subsidiary modes of transmission such as close contact and fomites although air borne transmission has not been ruled out. There is as yet no definitive treatment protocol. Although the peak period of the outbreak is likely to have passed and the risk of SARS in the UK is therefore assessed to be low, the World Health Organisation has asked all countries to remain vigilant lest SARS re-emerges. Recent laboratory acquired cases of SARS reported from Taiwan and Beijing, China are a testimony to this risk. Until reliable diagnostic tests, vaccine and medications are available, control of SARS outbreaks depends on close surveillance, early identification of index cases, quick isolation of carriers and effective infection control and public health measures.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Dentistry Publications
 
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