Dealing with outbreaks

It is important that resources for diagnosis, research and treatment of infectious diseases are available when the need arises. A useful case study is provided by the measures taken to deal with the emergence of the SARS coronavirus (Section 21.5.1).

Figure 21.12 Checkpoint for monitoring the health of people crossing the Thailand-Burma border during the SARS outbreak, June 2003. Courtesy of Professor A.J.S. Whalley, Liverpool John Moores University.

Medical staff, veterinary staff and other personnel dealing with humans and animals infected with high-risk viruses must take precautions to protect themselves and to avoid spreading infection. Precautions include wearing protective clothing and breathing filtered air.

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