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POL101Y1 Lecture Notes - Zoonosis, Global Health, Global Governance

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March 28th, 2011
SARS (Public Policy Issues)
How do complex societies deal with unexpected events, tragedies, etc?
SARS severe acute respiratory syndrome
Rise of non-communicable diseases, receding of germs, immunization
Early 2003: in Guangzhou outbreak, 1/3rd of infected patients were health care
In an era in which micro organisms are recognizable there was no clear way in
which to make a diagnosis (no definitive bio-markers or tests) challenge in
knowing whether or not someone had the disease
Cross-over from animals to humans (zoonosis)
In Perspective
November 2002 to July 2003
8098 people worldwide probably had SARS in 29 countries, & 774 died
Canada: 438 probable cases, 44 deaths (all in Torontonians)
Learning from SARS: Renewal of Public Health in Canada
Emergency/Outbreak response:
Isolating the public health and focusing on acute response was foolish because all
health care is essential (engaging in community, helping to stop the spread of
Global health system only as strong as its weakest link
Learning from SARS:
A shrinking planet, global governance matters (diseases travel)
Medicine is still the youngest science (little we can do to effect the spread of
Politics & uncertainty fear of the unknown
The impact of identifiable victims
Government ‘window of responsiveness
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