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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 4

Characteristics of SARS case-patients, U.S. SARS surveillance, March 17–July 18, 2003a

Characteristic Overall

SARS-CoV positive

SARS-CoV negative

SARS-CoV undetermined
Probable, %
(N = 72) Suspect, %
(N = 326) Probable, %
(N = 8) Probable, %
(N = 39) Suspect, %
(N = 167) Probable, %
(N = 25) Suspect, %
(N = 159)
Age (years)










0–4
15
14

0

15
10

20
19
5–9
4
4

0

3
5

8
4
10–17
3
2

0

5
2

0
0 (1)
18–64
58
73

100

54
76

52
70
>65
20
7

0

23
7

20
7
Sex










Female
44
47

50

41
50

48
45
Male
56
53

50

59
50

52
55
Race










White
47
58

37

54
62

40
53
Black
1
2

0

0
2

4
1
Asian
40
33

63

36
28

40
38
Other
2
0 (1)

0

2
0

0
2
Unknown
10
7

0

8
8

16
6
Exposure










Travel
83
81

88

87
82

84
81
Close contact
14
16

12b (1)

13
17

8
14
Health care worker
0
1

0

0
0

0
1
Unknown
3
2

0

0
1

8
4
Hospitalized










Yes
61
25

88

59
26

56
23
No
39
75

12 (1)

41
73

44
75
Unknown
0
1 (3)

0

0
1

0
2
Mechanically ventilated










Yes
3 (2)
1 (2)

12 (1)

0
1 (1)

4 (1)
1 (1)
No
89
93

88

97
95

80
91
Unknown 8 6 0 3 4 16 8

aSARS-CoV, severe acute respiratory syndrome–associated coronavirus.
bThis case-patient also traveled to Hong Kong and stayed at Hotel M; however, onset of illness was 13 days after returning to the United States.

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