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SARS: Need for Security Priority   [open pdf - 229KB]

"While the threat of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) continues to spread across the globe, many countries have been bracing themselves to cope with one of the worst health epidemics that have hit several parts of the world. To date, SARS has spread to 28 countries with 7, 864 infected cases and 642 deaths. With no known cure in sight, medical teams have been working feverishly to contain the problem as the clock ticks away with more reported casualties, while government authorities have been deploying various strategies to cope with the silent killer. In the Asian region, hard-hit Asian governments have quickly set in place mechanisms to prevent further the spread of the disease.These mechanisms ranged from quarantine of infected patients including their families and friends who may have had close contacts with them, issuing travel advisories to SARS-affected countries, strict immigration checks and border controls, massive public information programme and even closure of schools. Singapore, one of the badly hit countries in Southeast Asia, has been commended for its hands-on, pro-active approach in containing the disease--even to point of adopting stringent quarantine measures labelled by some media as 'draconian'."

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2003-05
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2003 UNISCI
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