Severe acute respiratory syndrome: Lessons may be learnt from the outbreak of legionnaires' disease in Barrow in Furness

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7403.1396-a (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1396
  1. Andrew F Smith, head of research and development (Andrew.Smith@rli.mbht.nhs.uk),
  2. Cathy Wild, researcher,
  3. John Law, professor
  1. Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster LA1 4RP
  2. Department of Sociology, University of Lancaster, Lancaster LA1 4YT

    EDITOR—Zambon's editorial describes the challenge that outbreaks such as that of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) might pose for healthcare systems.1 We have analysed the local organisational response to the outbreak of legionnaires' disease in Barrow in Furness last summer. Some features may be relevant to large scale “medical” incidents such as SARS, influenza epidemics, and the effects of biological terrorism. …

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