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Public Health Guidance for Community-Level Preparedness and Response to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Version 2/3


Since 2004, there have not been any known cases of SARS reported anywhere in the world. The content in this Web site was developed for the 2003 SARS epidemic. But, some guidelines are still being used. Any new SARS updates will be posted on this Web site.

This is an updated version of the draft guidance document issued by CDC in November 2003. CDC revised the draft based on comments received from public health partners, healthcare providers, and others. CDC will continue to update the document as necessary to incorporate additional comments and to reflect increased understanding of SARS-CoV transmission dynamics and the availability of improved prevention tools.

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Sections of the Guidance Document


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Core Document: Exec Summary, Intro, Overview of Document, Key Measures... Print Ready Version[336 KB/26 pages]
Supplement A: Command and Control Print Ready Version[259 KB/18 pages]
Supplement B: SARS Surveillance Print Ready Version[491 KB/31 pages]
Supplement C: Preparedness and Response In Healthcare Facilities Print Ready Version[439 KB/34 pages]
Supplement D: Community Containment Measures, Including Non-Hospital Isolation and Quarantine Print Ready Version[439 KB/37 pages]
Supplement E: Managing International Travel-Related Transmission Risk Print Ready Version[224 KB/13 pages]
Supplement F: Laboratory Guidance Print Ready Version[446 KB/32 pages]
Supplement G: Communication and Education Print Ready Version[224 KB/17 pages]
Supplement I: Infection Control in Healthcare, Home, and Community Settings Print Ready Version[371 KB/28 pages]

Also available are additional slide sets to accompany the SARS Public Health Guidance Document

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