This thesis is about risk perception of infectious diseases, with a special focus on the emerging infections SARS and avian influenza, and explores potential determinants of risk perception and the relation of risk perception with precautionary behaviours. In this first chapter I discuss the context of emerging diseases, the theoretical framework, relevant studies on risk perception and infectious diseases, and the research questions addressed in this thesis.

SARS, infectious diseases, influenza, risk factors, risk perception
J. Brug (Hans)
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam
European Commission, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Municipal Public Health Service Rotterdam-Rijnmond
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

de Zwart, O. (2009, February 11). Exploring Risk Perceptions of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam. Retrieved from