S. Hrg. 108-367: SARS: Is Minnesota Prepared? Hearing before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, Field Hearing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 8, 2003   [open pdf - 2MB]

This hearing focuses on how Minnesota officials are preparing for a possible outbreak of SARS in the upcoming flu season. In the first outbreak of SARS, there were 8,098 cases in 28 countries. The United States experienced 29 total probable cases of SARS-with the median age being 33-and thankfully no fatalities. Throughout the world, however, 916 people died of SARS-related complications. This hearing discusses what can be done to ensure that the next outbreak of SARS isn't summarized with statistics of who got sick and died-but rather a case study that illustrates how lives can be saved when government and the health care communities- at every level-work together, not just hoping for the best, but being prepared for the worst. "Today's hearing gives us an excellent opportunity to assess our preparedness. We will hear from two of Minnesota's leaders in the area of public health and infectious disease. We will also hear from local officials, and, in particular school, officials who represent the front line of our effort to contain any future outbreak." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Dianne Mandernach, Michael T. Osterholm, Jeff Spartz, Mary Quinn Crow, Ann Hoxie, Debra Herrmann, Rob Benson, and Donna J. Spannaus-Martin.

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