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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 2

Characteristics of probable cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Beijing, 2003

Characteristica Probable case-patients;
N (%)
Male sex 1,217/2,406 (50.6)
Age (y)
1–4 6/2,397 (0.2)
5–9 17/2,397 (0.7)
10–19 165/2,397 (6.9)
20–39 1,270/2,397 (53.0)
40–64 733/2,397 (30.6)
65–74 147/2,397 (6.1)
>75 59/2,397 (2.5)
Median age (range) 33 (1–93)
Fatal outcome 156/2,444 (6.4)
Healthcare worker 395/2,444(16.2)
Admission symptoms
Fever 1,646/1,693 (97.2)
Cough 749/1,693 (44.2)
Difficulty breathing 166/1,693 (9.8)
Chest tightness 331/1,693 (19.6)
Diarrhea 189/1,693 (11.2)

aInformation was not available for the sex of 38 probable case-patients and for the age of 47 probable case-patients reported through May 20.

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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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