Biosafety risk assessment of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus and containment measures for the diagnostic and research laboratories

Last updated on 22-8-2019 by Anonymous (niet gecontroleerd)

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At the end of 2002, an outbreak of a new viral respiratory illness, called SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome virus) occurred in China. The disease spread over Asia, North America, Europe and Africa. In response to the SARS outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) coordinated an international collaboration that included clinical, epidemiologic and laboratory investigations, and initiated efforts to control the spread of SARS. As in other countries it has been decided to establish biosafety guidelines and recommendations in Belgium with particular emphasis on handling clinical spec…

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