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Severe acute respiratory syndrome: Private hospital in Singapore took effective control measures

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7403.1394-a (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1394
  1. S C Yeoh, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist,
  2. E Lee, consultant anaesthetist,
  3. B W Lee, consultant paediatrician (paeleebw@nus.edu.sg),
  4. D L Goh, assistant professor
  1. Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre and Mount Elizabeth Hospital, 3 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228510
  2. Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre and Mount Elizabeth Hospital, 3 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228510
  3. Department of Paediatrics, National University of Singapore, Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119074

    EDITOR—Severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (SARS) is characterised by efficient nosocomial transmission. Several outbreaks have originated in hospitals, with an attack rate of 56%.1 In Singapore the Tan Tock Seng Hospital was sequestered for patients with SARS, but the coronavirus spread to five hospitals and two specialty centres in eight weeks.2 3 Many chronically ill patients presented atypically,4 whereas others, admitted as emergencies, required resuscitation and …

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