SARS: Lessons from the First Epidemic of the 21st Century: A Collaborative Analysis with Outside Experts (U) [open pdf - 1MB]
"In June 2003, the CIA's Strategic Assessments Group (SAG) sponsored an unclassified workshop with experts from various health-related disciplines titled 'SARS: Lessons Learned,' held at the National Science Foundation. The group included leading virologists, epidemiologists, public health experts from academia and government, senior officials from WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and authorities in global public health, health communications, and economics. The meeting's objective was to extract valuable lessons learned to help prepare for future epidemics of new and reemergent infectious diseases. The group reviewed the SARS experience from its medical-scientific, public health, psychosocial and risk communications, economic, and political dimensions. This report conveys the lessons participants found most important for the containment of SARS and for dealing with future epidemics."