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Webinar on SARS: Learning from an epidemic of fear

Posted Feb 15 2010 3:00am

Sanjoy Bhattacharya (Reader at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL) invites us all to participate in a webinar organised in connection with the first event of the 2010 series of the World Health Organization Global Health Histories Seminars (you can see the full list of seminars here).

The topic of the webinar is ‘SARS: Learning from an epidemic of fear’and it takes place this upcoming Wednesday 17 February12:30-2:30 pm (Central European Time):

The 2003 outbreak of SARSa deadly new infectious diseasesparked worldwide alarm. It caused more than 8 000 cases and almost 800 deaths in at least 25 countries. Its spread was halted only by emergency international action.

In the opening presentation of this new seminar serieshealth psychologist Professor George Bishop describes his studies of how ordinary people respond to illness threats. He focuses particularly on the impact of SARS in Singaporepublic responses to the epidemicand the lessons learned.

Dr Cathy Rotha WHO expert on the diseaseexplains the role of WHO in leading the struggle to contain this unprecedented threat.

The WHO’s webinar system only allows up to a thousand users logged-on simultaneouslyso you’d better reserve access now — register here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join.

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