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Final Report - SARSCONTROL (Effective and Acceptable Strategies for the Control of SARS in China and Europe)

Project ID: 3824
Funded under: FP6-POLICIES


The epidemic of Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) showed that new infections transmitted through close contact are able to spread rapidly across international borders resulting in significant morbidity. They can even cause widespread public alarm and economic loss in unaffected countries. It is therefore crucial to assess the likelihood of similar occurrences and their possible impact on public health, economic performance and public concern.

In the executive summary of the SARCONTROL project final report, it is revealed that because the acceptance of interventions depends on social, cultural and psychological factors, SARS-related risk perceptions and precautionary practices were studied along with the risk communication strategies adopted during the outbreak to help improve future strategies for communicating with the public.

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