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Volume 10, Number 1—January 2004

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Beijing, 2003

Wannian Liang*, Zonghan Zhu*, Jiyong Guo*, Zejun Liu*, Xiong He*, Weigong Zhou†, Daniel P. Chin‡, Anne Schuchat†Comments to Author , and for the Beijing Joint SARS Expert Group1
Author affiliations: *Beijing Municipal Health Bureau and Beijing Municipal Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, Beijing, China; †Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; ‡World Health Organization, Beijing, China

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Table 1

Case definition for severe acute respiratory syndrome (infectious atypical pneumonia) in China as of May 3, 2003

Category Criteriaa
Probable 1.1+ 2 + 4, or
1.2+2+4+5, or
Suspected 1.1+2+3 or
1.2+2+4 or
Under medical observation 1.2+2+3

a1. Epidemiologic history: 1.1:Having close contact with a patient, or being a member of infected cluster, or having infected other persons; 1.2: Having visited or resided in cities or areas where SARS cases were reported with secondary transmission during the 2 weeks before onset of disease. 2. Symptoms and signs of febrile respiratory illness. 3. Normal or decreased leukocyte count. 4. Chest x-ray changes. 5. Lack of response to antibiotic treatment.

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1The Beijing Joint SARS Expert Group included public health authorities and health care professionals participating in the medical and public health task force constituted in April 2003 to address Beijing’s SARS epidemic.

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