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LEARNING FROM SARS

Preparing for the Next Disease Outbreak

Workshop Summary

Stacey Knobler, Adel Mahmoud, Stanley Lemon, Alison Mack, Laura Sivitz, and Katherine Oberholtzer, Editors

Forum on Microbial Threats

Board on Global Health

INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

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FORUM ON MICROBIAL THREATS

ADEL MAHMOUD (Chair), President,

Merck Vaccines, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

STANLEY LEMON (Vice-Chair), Dean,

School of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas

DAVID ACHESON, Chief Medical Officer,

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Maryland

STEVEN BRICKNER, Research Advisor,

Pfizer Global Research and Development, Pfizer Inc., Groton, Connecticut

DENNIS CARROLL,

U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, DC

NANCY CARTER-FOSTER, Director,

Program for Emerging Infections and HIV/AIDS, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC

GAIL CASSELL, Vice President,

Scientific Affairs, Eli Lilly & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana

JESSE GOODMAN, Director,

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Maryland

EDUARDO GOTUZZO, Director,

Instituto de Medicina Tropical “Alexander von Humbolt,” Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru

MARGARET HAMBURG, Vice President for Biological Programs,

Nuclear Threat Initiative, Washington, DC

CAROLE HEILMAN, Director,

Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

DAVID HEYMANN, Director,

Polio Eradication Program, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

JAMES HUGHES, Assistant Surgeon General and Director,

National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia

LONNIE KING, Dean,

College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

JOSHUA LEDERBERG,

Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation Scholar, The Rockefeller University, New York, New York

JOSEPH MALONE, Director,

Department of Defense Global Emerging Infections System, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, Maryland

LYNN MARKS, Global Head of Infectious Diseases,

GlaxoSmithKline, Collegeville, Pennsylvania

STEPHEN MORSE, Director,

Center for Public Health Preparedness, Columbia University, New York, New York

MICHAEL OSTERHOLM, Director,

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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GEORGE POSTE, Director,

Arizona BioDesign Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

GARY ROSELLE, Program Director for Infectious Diseases,

VA Central Office, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC

JANET SHOEMAKER, Director,

Office of Public Affairs, American Society for Microbiology, Washington, DC

P. FREDERICK SPARLING, J. Herbert Bate Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Microbiology, and Immunology,

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Liaisons

ENRIQUETA BOND, President,

Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

EDWARD McSWEEGAN,

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Staff

STACEY KNOBLER, Director,

Forum on Microbial Threats

KARL GALLE, Research Associate

KATHERINE OBERHOLTZER, Research Assistant

LAURA SIVITZ, Research Associate

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BOARD ON GLOBAL HEALTH

DEAN JAMISON (Chair), Senior Fellow,

Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

YVES BERGEVIN, Chief,

Health Section, UNICEF, New York, New York

JO IVEY BOUFFORD, Professor,

Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, New York, New York

RICHARD FEACHEM, Executive Director,

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva, Switzerland

MARGARET HAMBURG, Vice President for Biological Programs,

Nuclear Threat Initiative, Washington, DC

GERALD KEUSCH, Director,

Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

JEFFREY KOPLAN, Vice President for Academic Health Affairs,

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

ADEL MAHMOUD, President,

Merck Vaccines, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

MAMPHELA RAMPHELE, Managing Director,

The World Bank, Washington, DC

MARK ROSENBERG, Executive Director,

Task Force for Child Survival and Development, Emory University, Decatur, Georgia

JAIME SEPULVEDA AMOR, Director,

Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica, Cuernavaca, Mexico

DONALD BERWICK (IOM Council Liaison), Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy,

Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

DAVID CHALLONER (IOM Foreign Secretary), Vice President for Health Affairs,

University of Florida, Gainesville

Staff

PATRICK KELLEY, Director

HARRIET BANDA, Senior Project Assistant

ALLISON BERGER, Project Assistant

STACEY KNOBLER, Senior Program Officer

KATHERINE OBERHOLTZER, Research Assistant

LAURA SIVITZ, Research Associate

DIANNE STARE, Research Assistant/Administrative Assistant

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Reviewers

All presenters at the workshop have reviewed and approved their respective sections of this report for accuracy. In addition, this workshop summary has been reviewed in draft form by independent reviewers chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in making the published workshop summary as sound as possible and to ensure that the workshop summary meets institutional standards. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process.

The Forum and IOM thank the following individuals for their participation in the review process:


Roy M. Anderson, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Ruth L. Berkelman, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

David L. Heymann, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

David Naylor, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Jeffrey L. Platt, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Mary Wilson, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts


The review of this report was overseen by Enriqueta C. Bond, President, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Appointed by the National Research Council she was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the editors and the institution.

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Preface

The Forum on Emerging Infections was created in 1996 in response to a request from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. The goal of the Forum is to provide structured opportunities for representatives from academia, industry, professional and interest groups, and government1 to examine and discuss scientific and policy issues that are of shared interest and that are specifically related to research and prevention, detection, and management of infectious diseases. In accomplishing this task, the Forum provides the opportunity to foster the exchange of information and ideas, identify areas in need of greater attention, clarify policy issues by enhancing knowledge and identifying points of agreement, and inform decision makers about science and policy issues. The Forum seeks to illuminate issues rather than resolve them directly; hence, it does not provide advice or recommendations on any specific policy initiative pending before any agency or organization. Its strengths are the diversity of its membership and the contributions of individual members expressed throughout the activities of the Forum. In September 2003 the Forum changed its name to the Forum on Microbial Threats.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

The global response to the recent severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic has demonstrated strengths and weaknesses in national and interna-

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tional capacities to address infectious disease challenges. The story of the emergence, spread, and control of SARS illustrates the considerable economic, political, and psychological effects—in addition to the impact on public health—of an unanticipated epidemic in a highly connected and interdependent world. At the same time, the rapid response to SARS reflects significant achievements in science, technology, and international collaboration.

The future is likely to bring far greater challenges. Will SARS reemerge, and with greater virulence? Can we contain a more widely disseminated epidemic? Will we have preventive or therapeutic countermeasures? Can the necessary global cooperation and resources for containment be sustained? If not SARS, are we prepared for the next emerging infection? Are our public health and research investments (human, technical, and financial) flexible enough to respond to the ever-changing profile of microbial threats?

These and other questions were explored during a September 30 and October 1 workshop of the Forum on Microbial Threats. The goals of the workshop were to:

  1. Discuss the origin, emergence, and spread of SARS and the ensuing global response to the epidemic.

  2. Evaluate measures employed to contain and control SARS, as well as its clinical management.

  3. Examine evidence of the economic impact of this and future epidemics.

  4. Look at the political repercussions of the international effort to address the threat posed by SARS.

  5. Explore the future of research and technological development related to SARS.

  6. Consider preparations for the next infectious disease outbreak.

The issues pertaining to these goals were addressed through invited presentations and subsequent discussions, which highlighted ongoing programs and actions taken, and also identified the most vital needs in these areas.

ORGANIZATION OF WORKSHOP SUMMARY

This workshop summary was prepared for the Forum membership in the name of the editors, with the assistance of staff and consultants, as a collection of individually authored papers. The sections of this summary that are not specifically attributed to an individual reflect the views of the editors exclusively—they do not reflect the views of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) or of the organizations that sponsor the Forum on Microbial Threats. The contents of the unattributed sections are based on the presentations and discussions that took place during the workshop.

The SARS workshop functioned as a venue for dialogue among representatives from many sectors about their beliefs on subjects that may merit further

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attention. The reader should be aware that the material presented here reflects the views and opinions of those participating in the workshop and not the deliberations of a formally constituted IOM study committee. Moreover, these proceedings summarize only what participants stated in the workshop and are not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of the subject matter.

This summary is organized as a topic-by-topic description of the presentations and discussions from the SARS workshop. The purpose is to present lessons from relevant experience, delineate a range of pivotal issues and their respective problems, and put forth some potential responses as described by the workshop participants. The Summary and Assessment chapter discusses the core messages that emerged from the speakers’ presentations and the ensuing discussions. Chapters 1 through 5 begin with overviews provided by the editors, followed by papers that reflect the contents of invited speaker presentations. The papers in Chapter 1 describe the emergence and detection of the SARS coronavirus and the global response to the epidemic. The papers in Chapter 2 describe the economic fall-out—known and projected—of the SARS epidemic and analyze political and governmental responses to it. Chapter 3 includes papers on the microbiology, ecology, and natural history of coronaviruses, the genus of viruses to which the SARS agent belongs. The articles in Chapter 4 describe the development of diagnostics, therapeutics, and other technologies to control SARS. Finally, the papers in Chapter 5 examine how SARS might reemerge and how the world could prepare for the next major outbreak of infectious disease.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The Forum on Microbial Threats and IOM wish to express their warmest appreciation to the individuals and organizations who gave valuable time to provide information and advice to the Forum through participation in the workshop (see Appendix A for the workshop agenda and Appendix F for a list of forum, speaker, and staff biographies).

The Forum is indebted to the IOM staff who contributed during the course of the workshop and the production of this workshop summary. On behalf of the Forum, we gratefully acknowledge the efforts led by Stacey Knobler, director of the Forum, and Alison Mack, technical consultant, who dedicated much effort and time to developing this workshop’s agenda, and for their thoughtful and insightful approach and skill in translating the workshop proceedings and discussion into this workshop summary. Particular recognition is given to Katherine Oberholtzer whose tireless research efforts and technical editing were essential to the framing of the workshop and its report. Considerable thanks is expressed to Laura Sivitz for her thoughtful guidance in preparing the report for review and her editing of the report. We also express our gratitude to Karl Galle who contributed greatly to the final editing and organization of the chapter overviews and technical papers. Initial drafts of the report benefited greatly from technical re-

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views by James Hughes, Michael Osterholm, and David Relman. We would also like to thank the following IOM staff and consultants for their valuable contributions to this activity: Patrick Kelley, Bernadette Pryde Hackley, Marcia Lewis, Amy Giamis, Joe Esparza, Harriet Banda, Dianne Stare, Marjan Najafi, Jennifer Bitticks, Bronwyn Schrecker, Porter Coggeshall, Jennifer Otten, and Sally Stanfield.

Finally, the Forum also thanks sponsors that supported this activity. Financial support for this project was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Food and Drug Administration; U.S. Department of Defense; U.S. Department of State; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; U.S. Department of Agriculture; American Society for Microbiology; Burroughs Wellcome Fund; Pfizer; GlaxoSmithKline; and the Merck Company Foundation. The views presented in this workshop summary are those of the editors and workshop participants and are not necessarily those of the funding organizations.

Adel Mahmoud, Chair

Stanley Lemon, Vice-Chair

Forum on Microbial Threats

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Contents

 

 

SUMMARY AND ASSESSMENT

 

1

1

 

SARS: EMERGENCE, DETECTION, AND RESPONSE

 

41

   

 The WHO Response to SARS and Preparations for the Future
J.S. MacKenzie, P. Drury, A. Ellis et al.

 

42

   

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Role in International Coordination and Collaboration in Response to the SARS Outbreak
James W. LeDuc and Anne Pflieger

 

50

   

 Role of China in the Quest to Define and Control SARS
Robert F. Breiman, Meirion R. Evans, Wolfgang Preiser et al.

 

56

   

 SARS: Lessons from Toronto
Donald E. Low

 

63

   

 Isolation and Quarantine: Containment Strategies for SARS 2003
Martin Cetron, Susan Maloney, Ram Koppaka, and Patricia Simone

 

71

   

 Impacts of SARS on Health Care Systems and Strategies for Combating Future Outbreaks of Emerging Infectious Diseases
Abu Saleh M. Abdullah, Brian Tomlinson, G. Neil Thomas, and Clive S. Cockram

 

83

2

 

POLITICAL INFLUENCES ON THE RESPONSE TO SARS AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THE DISEASE

 

91

   

 Estimating the Global Economic Costs of SARS
Jong-Wha Lee and Warwick J. McKibbin

 

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 SARS: Political Pathology of the First Post-Westphalian Pathogen
David P. Fidler

 

110

   

 The SARS Epidemic and Its Aftermath in China: A Political Perspective
Yanzhong Huang

 

116

3

 

MICROBIOLOGY, ECOLOGY, AND NATURAL HISTORY OF CORONAVIRUSES

 

137

   

 Animal Coronaviruses: Lessons for SARS
Linda J. Saif

 

138

   

 Coronavirus Research: Keys to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of SARS
Mark R. Denison

 

149

   

 Isolation and Characterization of Viruses Related to the SARS Coronavirus from Animals in Southern China
Y. Guan, B.J. Zheng, Y.Q. He et al.

 

157

4

 

DIAGNOSTICS, THERAPEUTICS, AND OTHER TECHNOLOGIES TO CONTROL SARS

 

173

   

 Evaluation of Reverse Transcription-PCR Assays for Rapid Diagnosis of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Associated with a Novel Coronavirus
W.C. Yam, K.H. Chan, L.L.M. Poon et al.

 

175

   

 Novel Biosensor for Infectious Disease Daignostics
Rangarajan Sampath and David J. Ecker

 

181

   

 In Vitro Antiviral Activity of Human Rhinovirus 3C Protease Inhibitors Against the SARS Coronavirus
David A. Matthews, Amy K. Patick, Robert O. Baker et al.

 

186

   

 SARS: Clearing the Air
Jerome J. Schentag, Charles Akers, Pamela Campagna, and Paul Chirayath

 

193

5

 

PREPARING FOR THE NEXT DISEASE OUTBREAK

 

206

   

 Are We Ready for Pandemic Influenza?
Richard J. Webby and Robert G. Webster

 

208

   

 Modeling a Response Strategy
Sam Amirfar, Mary Koshy, and Nathaniel Hupert

 

218

   

 Reporting, Surveillance, and Information Exchange: The SARS Imperative for Innovation
Ann Marie Kimball, Bill Lober, John Kobayashi et al.

 

222

   

 Public Health Law Preparedness
Gene Matthews

 

230

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The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in late 2002 and 2003 challenged the global public health community to confront a novel epidemic that spread rapidly from its origins in southern China until it had reached more than 25 other countries within a matter of months. In addition to the number of patients infected with the SARS virus, the disease had profound economic and political repercussions in many of the affected regions. Recent reports of isolated new SARS cases and a fear that the disease could reemerge and spread have put public health officials on high alert for any indications of possible new outbreaks. This report examines the response to SARS by public health systems in individual countries, the biology of the SARS coronavirus and related coronaviruses in animals, the economic and political fallout of the SARS epidemic, quarantine law and other public health measures that apply to combating infectious diseases, and the role of international organizations and scientific cooperation in halting the spread of SARS. The report provides an illuminating survey of findings from the epidemic, along with an assessment of what might be needed in order to contain any future outbreaks of SARS or other emerging infections.

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