In the case of China, both quarantine and isolation were effectively utilized. In Beijing, construction workers built a hospital to isolate up to 1,000 suspected cases and recovering SARS patients.Beijing authorities ordered public entertainment facilities closed to contain the spread. "Several important lessons can be gained from the experience of countries where large-scale quarantine measures were imposed in response to SARS. First, when the public was given a clear message about the need for quarantine, it was well accepted--far better in fact than many public health officials would have anticipated. Indeed voluntary quarantine was effective in the overwhelming majority of cases. As SARS unfolded in China, containment strategies were developed and implemented. Yanzhong Huang writes in a publication entitled "Learning from SARS: Preparing for the Next Disease Outbreak," See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92479/
While China was indeed ground zero for SARS and therefor was determined to mount an aggressive approach with regard to containment, the EU in contrast was rather removed in its initial approach. In May of 2003, the European Health Ministers convened a meeting in Brussels to discuss the threat of SARS. At that moment, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Sweden, Poland and Spain have so far recorded probable or confirmed SARS cases. "A UK Government spokesman said there was no specific new plan on the table.
Note: As of 24 April, 2014, Saudi Arabia announced 11 new cases of MERS in the capital Riyadh including one in the Holy City of Mecca. Several new cases have been reported in Jeddah the second largest Saudi city. The latest cases bring the total number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom to 272, of whom 81 have died. MERS emerged in the Middle East in 2012 and is from the same family as SARS virus. "Although the worldwide number of MERS infections is fairly small, the more than 40% death rate among confirmed cases and the spread of the virus beyond the Middle East is keeping scientists and public health officials on alert." See:http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/04/23/saudi-arabia-reports-11-new-cases-mers-virus-first-in-mecca/?intcmp=obnetwork
Meanwhile the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia has now claimed 142 lives of 208 clinical cases reported in Guinea. See:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-23/ebola-death-toll-rises-to-142-in-guinea-and-liberia-who-says.html The EU's response to what could become quite a critical health issue since Ebola was identified in the capital is this: "Following the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the European Commission is giving €500 000 to help contain the spread of the deadly virus in Guinea and neighbouring countries. The Commission has also sent a health expert to Guinea to help assess the situation and liaise with the local authorities. "We are deeply concerned about the spread of this virulent disease and our support will help ensure immediate health assistance to those affected by it," said Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. "It's vital that we act swiftly to prevent the outbreak from spreading, particularly to neighbouring countries." Should we see cases in Europe one would hope a rapid protocol would be instituted across the EU to swiftly contain it these public health threats.
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