Gowri Gopalakrishna*, Philip Choo†, Yee Sin Leo†, Boon Keng Tay‡, Yean Teng Lim§, Ali S. Khan¶1, and Chorh Chuan Tan*
Author affiliations: *Ministry of Health, Singapore; †Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore; ‡Singapore General Hospital, Singapore; §National University Hospital, Singapore; ¶Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; 1Short-term consultant, Global Outbreak and Alert Response Network (GOARN), World Health Organization
Figure 2. Timeline of events in the outbreak of SARS in the three acute hospitals, Singapore March–May 2003. SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome; TTSH, Tan Tock Seng Hospital; ED, emergency department; PPE, personal protective equipment (defined as a test-fitted N95 mask, gowns, and gloves; goggles if dealing with suspicious cases; powered air purified respirators for high-risk procedures such as intubation); ICU, intensive care unit; high-risk area defined as ED, ICU, isolation wards; SGH, Singapore General Hospital; NUH, National University Hospital; HCW, healthcare worker. Staff found to have a temperature >37.5°C were given medical leave for 3 days with a review on the third day.
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