Case Study: Reporting Incidence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

TitleCase Study: Reporting Incidence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsPeterson, MJ, White, PA
PublisherUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst
AbstractThe abstract gives a history of how countries around the world and China especially handle the containment of highly infectious diseases such as bird flu or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Because of how regulations stand, when SARS broke out in 2002 in the southeastern part of China, Chinese officials saw no need to report it to the World Health Organization as it was not on the list of diseases where notification is required. Reports of the spread of the disease were treated as secret, and the infection spread without check, delaying needed research to find out the cause of the disease.
NotesFunding for the International Dimensions of Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Project comes from the National Science Foundation through grant number 0734887. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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