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Severe acute respiratory syndrome: Patients were epidemiologically linked

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7403.1393 (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1393
  1. Moira Chan-Yeung, professor of respiratory medicine ([email protected]),
  2. Wing Hong Seto, consultant microbiologist,
  3. Joseph J Y Sung, professor
  1. Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China
  2. Department of Microbiology, Queen Mary Hospital
  3. Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Chinese University of Hong Kong

    EDITOR—Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a new disease that caught the medical profession in Hong Kong unawares. The causative agent, identified as a new coronavirus, is transmitted by droplets and direct contact.1 2 Healthcare workers are at high risk, accounting for about one quarter of all cases of SARS in Hong Kong.3 We here describe the spread of this highly infectious disease between 22 February and 8 March 2003 among the staff in four regional hospitals (A to D) in Hong Kong after admission of …

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