This document discusses crisis prevention and management during the first 3 months of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Singapore. Four public health issues are considered: prevention measures, self-health evaluation, SARS knowledge, and appraisal of crisis management. Telephone interviews with a representative sample of 1,201 adults, >21 years of age, were conducted. The research found that sex, age, and attitude (anxiety and perception of open communication with authorities) were associated with practicing preventive measures. The document concludes that analysis of Singapore?s outbreak improves understanding of the social dimensions of infectious disease outbreaks.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/index.htm
Emerging Infectious Diseases (February 2004), v.10, no.2, p.364-368