S. Hrg. 108-139: Global HIV/AIDS and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): Hearing before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, Special Hearing, April 8, 2003 [open pdf - 127KB]
This hearing discusses what the National Institute of Health and the Center for Disease Control are doing to keep AIDS and SARS from growing. Gerberding: "The two main things that we are doing right now to prevent transmission are, number one, alerting travelers that when they return to the United States, that they should see a doctor if they are ill within 10 days of their arrival. And second, we are alerting all clinicians that if they see a patient with an unexplained respiratory illness who has traveled to Asia or other areas where this is endemic, that they need to think about SARS and isolate the patient until they have evidence to suggest that this is not the case. So this is a global emerging infectious disease. We see this pattern of emergence time and time again. But this one is particularly noteworthy because it does appear, at least in some cases, to spread very efficiently from person to person. We learned our lesson with HIV infection. And if I can show the next graphic, the President in his 2004 budget made an announcement about an extremely important global HIV initiative, to really prevent HIV and to provide care and treatment to the some 40 million people internationally who have this condition. CDC has a very important role to play in this. We have $294 million in the President's 2004 request for our global AIDS programs, in particular for the maternal to child transmission prevention work that we will be doing in 14 countries, in Africa, in the Caribbean, and in Asia." Statements for the record include those of: Julie Gerberding, Elias Zerhouni, Anthony S. Fauci, Thad Cochran, and Arlen Specter.
S. HRG. 108-139