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Volume 10, Number 2—February 2004
THEME ISSUE
2004 SARS Edition

SARS Epidemiology

SARS Surveillance during Emergency Public Health Response, United States, March–July 2003

Stephanie J. Schrag*Comments to Author , John T. Brooks*, Chris Van Beneden*, Umesh D. Parashar*, Patricia M. Griffin*, Larry J. Anderson*, William J. Bellini*, Robert F. Benson*, Dean D. Erdman*, Alexander Klimov*, Thomas G. Ksiazek*, Teresa C.T. Peret*, Deborah F. Talkington*, W. Lanier Thacker*, Maria L. Tondella*, Jacquelyn S. Sampson*, Allen W. Hightower*, Dale F. Nordenberg*, Brian D. Plikaytis*, Ali S. Khan*, Nancy E. Rosenstein*, Tracee A. Treadwell*, Cynthia G. Whitney*, Anthony E. Fiore*, Tonji M. Durant*, Joseph F. Perz*, Annemarie Wasley*, Daniel Feikin*, Joy L. Herndon*, William A. Bower*, Barbara W. Kilbourn*, Deborah A. Levy*, Victor G. Coronado*, Joanna Buffington*, Clare A. Dykewicz*, Rima F. Khabbaz*, and Mary E. Chamberland*
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table 3

Travel criteria for persons with suspect or probable SARS, United Statesa

Area First date of illness onset for inclusion as reported caseb Last date of illness onset for inclusion as reported casec
China (Mainland)
November 1, 2002
July 13, 2003
Hong Kong
February 1, 2003
July 11, 2003
Hanoi, Vietnam
February 1, 2003
May 25, 2003
Singapore
February 1, 2003
June 14, 2003
Toronto, Canada
April 1, 2003
July 18, 2003
Taiwan
May 1, 2003
July 25, 2003
Beijing, China November 1, 2002 July 21, 2003

aSARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome.
bThe World Health Organization has specified that the surveillance period for China should begin on November 1; the first recognized cases in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Hanoi (Vietnam) had onset in February 2003. The date for Toronto is linked to laboratory-confirmed case of SARS in a U.S. resident who had traveled to Toronto; the date for Taiwan is linked to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel recommendations.
cThe last date for illness onset is 10 days (i.e., one incubation period) after removal of a CDC travel alert. The case-patient’s travel should have occurred on or before the last date the travel alert was in place.

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