Management and prevention of SARS in China

Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2004 Jul 29;359(1447):1115-6. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2004.1491.


The case fatality was the lowest (3.8%) among 1512 cases with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Guangdong Province, China. Rational use of corticosteroid, non-invasive ventilation and the integration of traditional Chinese medicine and modern medicine may partly have contributed to the lowest fatality figure. There was a close linkage between civet cats and humans in terms of transmission of SARS. Strict control of the wild-animal market may be significant in preventing a new outbreak of SARS this year.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carnivora / virology*
  • China / epidemiology
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / blood
  • Methylprednisolone / therapeutic use*
  • Pulmonary Ventilation
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / drug therapy
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / prevention & control*


  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Methylprednisolone