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Volume 10, Number 2—February 2004
2004 SARS Edition
SARS Transmission

Cluster of SARS among Medical Students Exposed to Single Patient, Hong Kong

Tze-wai Wong*Comments to Author , Chin-Kei Lee†, Wilson Tam*, Joseph Tak-fai Lau*, Tak-sun Yu*, Siu-Fai Lui‡, Paul K.S. Chan*, Yuguo Li§, Joseph S. Bresee¶, Joseph J.Y. Sung*, Umesh D. Parashar¶, and for the Outbreak Study Group
Author affiliations: *The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), People’s Republic of China; †National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia; ‡Hospital Authority, Hong Kong SAR, People’s Republic of China; §The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, People’s Republic of China; ¶Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table 2

Attack rate for students attending a bedside clinical assessment in the ward in relation to their proximity to the index patient’s beda,b

Location of exposure Cases/no. of students exposed
Bed nos. 10 and 12 (adjacent to index patient)
Bed nos. 9, 9x, and 13–16x (beds in the same cubicle except bed nos. 10–12)
Other beds in the ward (not in the cubicle) 0/8

aThe index patient was not used as an assessment case.
bMantel Haenszel chi-square = 9.86, p=0.002; Fisher exact test (2-tailed), p = 0.0031.

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1Members of the outbreak study group: Nelson Lee and Jean Kim, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Kitty Fung and Albert Ng, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong; Kazutoshi Nakashima, Tomi Sunagawa, Keiji Fukuda, Tracee Treadwell, and Udo Bucholz, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland; M.K. Tham and Thomas Tsang, Hong Kong Department of Health, Hong Kong.

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