Preliminary clinical description of severe acute respiratory syndrome

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2003 Mar 28;52(12):255-6.


Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a condition of unknown etiology that has been described in patients in Asia, North America, and Europe. This report summarizes the clinical description of patients with SARS based on information collected since mid-February 2003 by the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Canada, and CDC in collaboration with health authorities and clinicians in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangkok, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Canada, and the United States. This information is preliminary and limited by the broad and necessarily nonspecific case definition.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / diagnosis*
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / epidemiology
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / physiopathology
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / therapy
  • Cough
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Dyspnea
  • Fever
  • Humans
  • Leukopenia
  • Lung Diseases, Interstitial
  • Middle Aged
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / therapy
  • Thrombocytopenia