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SARS-DTV consortium

  (Documents from the year  2004

  when SARS-DTV research started)

 • SARS-DTV research plan

 • SARS-DTV: who we are

 • SARS-DTV leaflet

 • Contact information


  SARS-DTV publications



  SARS-DTV final report





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Last update: April 2008













In the spring of 2003, a previously unknown virus emerging in South East China suddenly gripped the world. Also due to the extensive media coverage, the letters S A R S (for "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome") became a household name in a matter of weeks.

Using conventional methods, like quarantining of patients and elimination of the apparent source of the virus (which at that time was assumed to be civet cats), the causative agent, the SARS-coronavirus (SARS-CoV), was contained successfully by July 2003. Officially, according to WHO records, 8096 people in 27 countries contracted SARS, of which 774 (mostly elderly) patients did not survive the infection.

Scientific research into this new infectious disease has rapidly answered a number of questions with regard to SARS and SARS-CoV. By now, this research has led to the publication of thousands of scientific articles concerning various aspects of virus and disease, but has nonetheless left room for the assumption that, sooner or later, SARS-CoV or a closely related virus may re-emerge.


SARS-DTV, 2004-2007

The SARS-DTV project, which was supported by the FP6 program of the European Union, started on October 1, 2004, and ended on September 30, 2007. Since that date, various former SARS-DTV partners are continuing to collaborate in their research on the SARS-coronavirus and related viruses.

This website contains both information from the early days of the SARS-DTV project as well as a summary of the results obtained in the course of our research since 2004 (SARS-DTV publications and final report).

Further information on SARS-DTV can be obtained from the coordinator, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands.

E-mail: Prof. Eric J. Snijder.