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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 177-181

Studying communication problems for emergency management of SARS and H7N9 in China

1 Department of Public Health Information Research, Institute of Medical Information, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2 Centre for Environment and Population Health, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
3 Chinese Centre for Health Education, Beijing, China

Correspondence Address:
Assco. Prof. Jing Wu
Chinese Centre for Health Education, 12 Anhua Xili 1 Qu, Anding Men Wai, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100011
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jgid.jgid_168_17

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Background: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Influenza A virus Subtype H7N9 (H7N9) have both had a great impact on China in the 21st century, causing significant negative impacts on health, the economy, and even global security. The control efforts for SARS were heavily criticized, the H7N9 response, 10 years later was acknowledged to be much better. Aims: This article explores communication for emergency management of SARS in 2003 and H7N9 in 2013 in China, to provide useful evidence for government and practitioner on management improvement for infectious disease outbreaks response in China and international community in the future. Methods: This study uses a qualitative case study approach, including in-depth interviews, literature review, and document, to analysis the emergency management of SARS in 2003 and H7N9 in 2013 in China, identified the problems of communication with the emergency management process for SARS and H7N9. Results: The control efforts for SARS were slow to be mobilized and were heavily criticized and generally considered to be suboptimal, as the poor handling of SARS exposed serious communication problems in the then emergency management system processes. The H7N9 response, 10 years later, was acknowledged to be much better. Conclusion: Communication is very important in the prevention and control of infectious diseases. From SARS to H7N9, the progress had been made in information disclosure.

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