SARS and Its Implications for U.S. Public Health Policy – “We’ve Been Lucky”

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a serious public health threat. A SARS outbreak would provide a "real time" example of the complex challenges facing the U.S. public health system. This report provides a brief analysis of the key public health infrastructure components that would be engaged in a SARS epidemic and TFAH's recommendations for strengthening them.