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Volume 11, Number 2—February 2005


Quarantine for SARS, Taiwan

Ying-Hen Hsieh*Comments to Author , Chwan-Chuan King†, Cathy W. S. Chen‡, Mei-Shang Ho§, Jen-Yu Lee*, Feng-Chi Liu*, Yi-Chun Wu¶, and Jiunn-Shyan JulianWu
Author affiliations: *National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan; †National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan; ‡Feng Cha University, Taichung, Taiwan; §Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan; ¶Center for Disease Control, Taipei, Taiwan

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Table 4

Mann-Whitney test results for temporal changes in the diagnosis-to-classification time of 343* officially confirmed SARS-CoV cases with classification during period 1,† period 2, and period 3, Taiwan, 2003

Interval (d) Period 1 (N = 103) Period 2 (N = 114) Period 3 (N = 126) Mean difference (p value)
Diagnosis to classification 9.1845 8.2368 0.9477 (0.7729)
Diagnosis to classification 8.2368 5.6508 2.5860‡ (< 0.0001)

*2 cases were deleted from the data for our comparison test because of missing information on the relevant dates, and 1 case was deleted because classification as probable case did not occur during the 3 time periods of 2/25–6/15.
†Period 1, time from onset of first case to the day before implementation of intervention measures including Level B quarantine; period 2, time from implementation of intervention measures to the implementation of expedited classification procedure; period 3, time of the expedited classification procedure to the date of onset of the last SARS case.
‡Denotes significance at the 1% level.

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