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Containment of SARS depends on how it is handled in China

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 10 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1004
  1. Jane Parry
  1. Hong Kong

    The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has yet to peak in China, according to the World Health Organization, which has said that worldwide containment of the disease depends on how it is handled there.

    “We are looking at this as a medium term disease. China could seed the rest of the world with SARS,” said Peter Cordingley, WHO's spokesman in Manila. By 5 May, of the global total of 6583 reported probable cases, 65% were in China, as were 44% of the deaths.

    In Guangdong province less than 150 of the total 1441 reported cases were still in hospital by 5 May, but in Beijing over 80% of cases are current and nearly 20% of the 1897 cases have occurred among health workers. The quarantine orders on over 16 000 …

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