SARS: How a Global Epidemic Was Stopped (Wpro Publication)
Publisher: WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacifi | ISBN: 9290612134 | edition 2006 | PDF | 307 pages
The severe acute respiratory syndrome virus (SARS) first emerged in southern China in November 2002 and in the following months spread to 12 other countries in the Western Pacific region (where 95 per cent of the global cases took place) with devastating force. By July 2004, when the epidemic was finally declared over, it had killed nearly 800 people including many healthcare workers. Although by some standards, this first emerging and readily transmissible disease of the 21st century was not a big killer, it caused more fear and social disruption than any other outbreak of our time.