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TITLE Developing medical interventions for SARS   dissect_en.pdf (3.51 MB)
Document ID LIB83
Document type EC RTD Programmes projects / results
Issue date 14/12/2004
Document reference DISSECT
Original language of the document English
Document produced by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Document requested by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
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Policy domains
  • Health


Short description  DISSECT will develop strategies for SARS therapy and prophylaxis, in the first instance for health workers and later for other vulnerable groups.
The project aims to:
· Study and compare various potential vaccine approaches, including ‘classical’ vaccines (based on whole inactivated virus), subunit vaccines, and recombinant vaccines.
· Develop antiviral therapies
· Generate diagnostic kits to identify infected individuals at early stages of the disease, and differentiate between naturally infected and immunised patients
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  When SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) struck mostly Asia in 2003, hospital-based health workers comprised a high fraction of reported cases. The exposure of those workers to infection severely undermined the ability of communities to contain the epidemic. No SARS vaccine has been approved, though several are at advanced stages of development. Another SARS outbreak could occur at any time. ...

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