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Volume 10, Number 5—May 2004

Perspective

SARS in Healthcare Facilities, Toronto and Taiwan

L. Clifford McDonald*Comments to Author , Andrew E. Simor†, Ih-Jen Su‡, Susan Maloney*, Marianna Ofner§, Kow-Tong Chen‡, James F. Lando*, Allison McGeer¶, Min-Ling Lee‡, and Daniel B. Jernigan*
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; ‡Center for Disease Control, Taipei, Taiwan; §Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; ¶Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Characteristics of the SARS outbreak in the greater Toronto area and Taiwan, March–June 2003a

Characteristic GTA, no. (%) Taiwan, no. (%)b
Total cases
375
NA
Probable
247 (66)
668
Suspected
128 (34)
NA
Deaths
44 (12)
72 (11)
Healthcare related
271 (72)
370 (55)
Healthcare workers
164 (44)
120 (18)
Patients or visitors
107 (28)
256 (38)
Hospitals with hospitalized SARS patients
23
84
Hospitals with SARS transmission
10 (43)
8 (10)
Hospitals that closed wards or an emergency room 10 (43) NA

aSARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome; GTA, greater Toronto area; NA, data not available
bPercentage expresses proportion of all probable SARS cases

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