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EU health minister renews calls for specialist disease control centre

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:250
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The SARS epidemic was a wake-up call alerting European Union governments to the need for a special centre for disease prevention and control, David Byrne, EU public health commissioner, has warned.

    Mr Byrne has, for some time, been arguing the need for could provide a centre which could coordinate an effective response to an epidemic. But the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) earlier this year has given the idea added urgency, he believes.

    “In the modern world, infectious diseases can spread across the globe in a matter of days or even hours, and when it comes …

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