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Bird flu: Pandemic flu preparation: an unheeded lesson from SARS

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 13 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:913
  1. Meng-Kin Lim, associate professor (
  1. Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117597

    EDITOR—Current global battle plans against pandemic flu discussed by Pickles seem to ignore one clear lesson of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS): that international air travel is the one feature that most differentiates current transmission scenarios from those in 1918.1 The new coronavirus arrived in Hong Kong from China on a jet plane and, from that efficient air hub, quickly spread …

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