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How Singapore learnt to cope with Sars outbreak

Two patients being attended near the Sars tent at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Two patients being attended near the Sars tent at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. ST FILE PHOTO

The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) in 2003 led to a national movement on educating the public on symptoms of the disease, how it can spread and urging them to seek medical attention should they develop the symptoms.

Processes like temperature checks in schools, workplaces and medical institutions, contact tracing, home quarantine, private ambulances to transport probable cases, enhanced prevention measures in hospitals and the screening of in-coming passengers were put in place to curb the spread of the disease.

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