Update: Outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome--worldwide, 2003

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2003 Mar 28;52(12):241-6, 248.

Abstract

CDC continues to support the World Health Organization (WHO) in the investigation of a multicountry outbreak of unexplained atypical pneumonia referred to as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). This report includes summaries of the epidemiologic investigations and public health responses in several affected locations where CDC is collaborating with international and national health authorities. This report also describes an unusual cluster of cases associated with a hotel in Hong Kong and identifies the potential etiologic agent of SARS. Epidemiologic and laboratory investigations of SAPS are ongoing.

MeSH terms

  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / diagnosis
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / epidemiology*
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / transmission
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / virology
  • Contact Tracing
  • Coronavirus / isolation & purification
  • Cross Infection / diagnosis
  • Cross Infection / epidemiology*
  • Cross Infection / transmission
  • Cross Infection / virology
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Dyspnea / etiology
  • Fever / etiology
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique, Indirect
  • Global Health
  • Hong Kong / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Metapneumovirus / isolation & purification
  • Pneumonia / etiology
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult / etiology
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / transmission
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / virology
  • Taiwan / epidemiology
  • Thailand / epidemiology
  • Travel
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Vietnam / epidemiology