Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): Hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session on Examining the Status of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Threat, April 29, 2003   [open pdf - 184KB]

From the opening statement of Judd Gregg: "This is our second major hearing on the issue of the SARS virus and its implications for the United States and our role in trying to abate it as much as possible, certainly here in the United States but also internationally... Unfortunately, it continues to be a rampant problem especially in China. There is, as Dr. Gerberding has said before, no vaccine and right now no antibiotics which appear to be able to be used to limit its impact, and therefore it is important that we identify quickly people who may have symptoms of SARS, especially those coming into the United States. If we identify those individuals, and people self-police themselves as they come back from regions which may have high infection rates, and if they have the sense that they have cold symptoms, they call their medical provider--call them, hopefully, and not go to them--and find out what the next step is. So it is important that American citizens understand that that is their obligation as good citizens to pursue that course of action. Today we are going to hear from Dr. Gerberding, who is head of CDC and is doing an extraordinary job for us on this issue and many other issues. We are also going to hear from Dr. Gully, from Health Canada, which is the national health organization in Canada, and Dr. Young, who is with the province of Ontario and is involved in the fight there." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Judd Gregg, Julie Gerberding, Paul Gully, James G. Young, Senator Johnson, and Samuel Wallace.

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S. Hrg. 108-44; Senate Hearing 108-44
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