Evaluation of measures to reduce international spread of SARS

Kathryn Glass*, N. G. Becker

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    Mathematical models are used to quantify the effect of border control measures in reducing the international spread of SARS. Border screening is shown to play a relatively minor role in reducing disease spread. Assuming detection rates similar to those reported for arrival screening in Australia, screening can detect up to 10% (95% CI 3-23) of infected travellers, and reduce the probability of a large outbreak by up to 7% (95% CI 2-17). Rapid reductions in the time to diagnosis and effective facilities for the isolation of cases are essential to ensure that there will not be a large outbreak, and each week of delay in responding to imported infection approximately doubles the total number of cases. While the control response is being developed in a currently uninfected region, border screening can provide up to one week's additional time in which to improve methods for early isolation of cases.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1092-1101
    Number of pages10
    JournalEpidemiology and Infection
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006


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