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Learn from influenza epidemiology
  1. M Regan
  1. Health Protection Agency (North West), Vernon Pritchard Court, 57a Upper Northgate Street, Chester CH1 4E, UK;

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    The World Health Organisation announced in early July 2003 that there were then no countries where local transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was continuing and that all known chains of person to person transmission have been broken. This had followed an intense period of international cooperation and aggressive public health measures since March to detect and control the spread of the disease.1 Altogether 8476 cases had been reported globally with 812 deaths. There had been some cautious optimism that such an outcome was possible even in the early phases of the outbreak and that SARS could be “driven back to nature”. The observed epidemiology of this …

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