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Control policy optimisation for SARS and other emerging infections: characterising transmission dynamics and estimating key epidemiological parameters

EC contribution
: € 1 700 000
: 41 months
Starting date
: 01/08/2004
:SARS, epidemiology, emerging infection, pandemic planning
Project Number
: SP22-CT-2004-511066


The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2003 demonstrated the potential for the rapid global spread of a novel respiratory infection, whilst also showing how effective international scientific collaboration and simple public health measures could bring such an outbreak under control. SARSTRANS brought together data and public health expertise from the three largest SARS outbreaks (in Beijing, Hong Kong and Taiwan) with experts on infectious disease epidemiology from outbreak areas themselves and from France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The shared experience of the whole project team led to new insights into the optimal control of SARS, new generic tools for outbreak analysis, and new epidemiological theory. These insights are already informing public health policy for future outbreaks.

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