SARS: A Need for Security   [open pdf - 229KB]

"While the threat of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) continues to spread across the globe, many countries have been bracing themselves to cope with one of the worst health epidemics that have hit several parts of the world. To date, SARS has spread to 28 countries with 7, 864 infected cases and 642 deaths. With no known cure in sight, medical teams have been working feverishly to contain the problem as the clock ticks away with more reported casualties, while government authorities have been deploying various strategies to cope with the silent killer. In the Asian region, hard-hit Asian governments have quickly set in place mechanisms to prevent further the spread of the disease. But while Singapore and the other affected countries were prompt to act, some were not. China, for example, had been severely criticised for initially playing down the seriousness of the problem and its delayed response. In particular, in what seemed to be the height of the outbreak, China was censured for its slowness to respond to the request by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to allow its medical team to go to Guangdong where the infectious pathogen was said to have started."

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UNISCI Discussion Papers (May 2003), no.2
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