Index patient and SARS outbreak in Hong Kong

Emerg Infect Dis. 2004 Feb;10(2):339-41. doi: 10.3201/eid1002.030645.


During the global outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, treatment was empiric. We report the case history of the index patient in a hospital outbreak of SARS in Hong Kong. The patient recovered after conventional antimicrobial therapy. Further studies are needed to address treatment of SARS, which has high attack and death rates.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Hong Kong / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional
  • Male
  • Personnel, Hospital
  • Radiography, Thoracic
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / transmission