A Retrospective Review of Evidence of SARs Causation in Light of the MERS and Ebola Epidemics

14 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2014

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Barbara Pfeffer Billauer

Institute of World Politics; International Program in Bioethics, U. of Porto; Foundation for Law and Science Centers, Inc.

Date Written: October 1, 2014

Abstract

A retrospective review of SARS causal proof demonstrates that Koch's postulates have not been satisfied in attempts to replicate the initial claim. Most researchers attribute this to different strains being analyzed. This study compares diagnostic criteria with laboratory studies, pathology and epidemiology, and suggests that rather than two different strains being responsible for the failure to replicate the original study, different organisms may have been circulating in different parts of the world.

Keywords: SARs, koch's postulates, causal connection, MERS, EBOLA, Avian Flu, chlamydia, paramyxaviridae

JEL Classification: C90, D83, I10, I12, I19

Suggested Citation

Billauer, Barbara P., A Retrospective Review of Evidence of SARs Causation in Light of the MERS and Ebola Epidemics (October 1, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2516219 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2516219

Barbara P. Billauer (Contact Author)

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