S. Hrg. 108-136: 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 May 2, 2003   [open pdf - 125KB]

On May 2, 2003, the Senate Severe Committee on Appropriations convenes to discuss and hear testimony regarding Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Testifying are Julie Gertberding, MD, Ph.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Luther Rhodes MD of the Lehigh Valley Hospital Division of Infectious Disease, Anthony Fauci, MD, of the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. John Combes of the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania. Chairman Arlen Spector explains that "The world is now suffering from an enormous problem of SARS, originated in China, has been a problem in many parts of the world, recently in Toronto and also in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania." He adds, "it is difficult to say this, but the Centers for Disease Control is in a dilapidated state". Julie Gerberding testifies that "the Chinese Government was unwilling to provide the information to the global health communities for quite some time. I think initially they misunderstood the problem as being caused by chlamydia infection or some other infectious disease" and that "we need a global system for detecting and diagnosing and responding to emerging infectious disease threats." Dr. Fauci states that "I think at the present time given the burden of cases that we have now, the level of alertness that we have been put on, the measures that the CDC has taken in surveillance and public health and infection control, that the risk is relatively small."

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