Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
SARS is respiratory disease that infected over 8,000 people in 37 countries from late 2003 through 2004, with a mortality rate of nearly 10%.
Federal LawsDepartment of Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Notice of Embargo of Civets, January 13, 2004.
This order bans the importation of all civets immediately and until further notice, as a measure against SARS.
Department of Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Questions and Answers on the Embargo of Civets, May 3, 2005
CDC Question and Answer Sheet on the January 13, 2004 order to ban the importation of civets.
(Posted: 01/14/2004 )
State LawsNew Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, SARS Preparedness and Response Plan, December 11, 2003.
New Jersey SARS Preparedness Plan
(posted 01/20/04 )
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Association of County & City Health Official, A Checklist for SARS Planning, June 3, 2003.
The checklist provides information applicable to SARS and other public health emergencies and is intended for use by health officials at all levels.
(Posted 05/14/2004 10:00)
Articles and ReportsJames J. Misrahi, et al., "HHS/CDC Legal Response to SARS Outbreak",Emergency Infectious Diseases [serial online] February (2004)
Edward P. Richards and Katarine C. Rathburn, "Making State Public Health Laws Work for SARS Outbreaks", Emerg Infect Dis [serial online] (February 2004).
Department of Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Guidance for Community-Level Preparedness and Response to SARS," May 3, 2005 (updated).
An updated SARs comprehensive guidance document that incorporates comments received from public health partners, healthcare providers, and others, to increase the understanding of SARS-CoV transmission dynamics and the availability of improved prevention tools.
Department of Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,"Fact Sheet: Practical Steps for SARS Legal Preparedness" September 26, 2003.
A list of steps for public health lawyers in case SARS affects their jurisdictions.
The SARS Commission Report, Volumes 1-5, The Honorable Mr. Justice Archie Campbell, December 2006. This report chronicles the investigation of how SARS came to Ontario, how the virus spread, and how it was dealt with.
Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville, "Quarantine and Isolation: Lessons Learned from SARS", December 1, 2003.
On December 1, 2003 , the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville released a report titled, "Quarantine and Isolation: Lessons Learned from SARS." The lead author was Prof. Mark A. Rothstein, director of the Institute. The report reviews lessons learned from the use of quarantine and isolation in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam during the recent SARS outbreak. The report was funded through a cooperative agreement with CDC; however, it is the independent work of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Gene Matthews, The Public/Private Response to Sudden Disease Outbreak, Final Report, June 30,2005. This report was prepared by Gene Matthews, JD, Institute of Public Health Law, for the Alfred P Sloan Foundation, sponsored by the CDC Foundation
(Posted 04/3/2006 )
PresentationsGene W. Matthews, "Public Health Community Preparedness for SARS: Legal Aspects", September 23, 2003.
A PowerPoint presentation by Gene W. Matthews, former Legal Advisor to CDC. Describes the basic concepts of legal preparedness for SARS. Presented at a broadcast of the CDC Public Health Training Network.