Serial No. 108-9: SARS Threat: Is the Nation's Public Health Network Prepared for a Possible Epidemic? Hearing before the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, April 9, 2003 [open pdf - 4MB]
From the opening statement of Tom Davis: "The SARS [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome] threat is the first challenge to our Nation's health network capabilities. It provides us with a chance to evaluate existing procedures and safeguards. SARS has brought fear and confusion to everyone's lives, particularly international travelers, airline crews and health care workers. Currently there is no known cure and the disease is easily communicable. In a precautionary effort to prevent further spread of the disease, President Bush signed an Executive order on Friday, April 4, authorizing the use of quarantine if necessary. The President's unprecedented actions prove how serious the threat of SARS epidemic is to our country. SARS is believed to have originated in China in the fall of 2002. It has since spread to 17 countries. As of today there have been over 2,600 SARS cases reported worldwide, with 98 deaths. In the United States the number of cases continues to rise. Today this country has approximately 148 suspected cases in 30 different States, with the highest concentrations in New York and California. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported. We've actually seen two suspected cases of SARS nearby in northern Virginia. I'm pleased that we'll hear testimony from the director of the Loudoun County Health Department, who is responsible for the treatment of a SARS patient in early February." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Janet Heinrich, Tommy G. Thompson, Lacy Clay, Tom Davis, David Goodfriend, and Margaret Hamburg.
Serial No. 108-9
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