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Volume 13, Number 3—March 2007


Pregnancy and Emerging Diseases

Martha Anker*Comments to Author 
Author affiliation: *University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

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Pregnant patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), by country

CountryEstimated no. pregnant SARS patients*No. pregnant SARS patients reported in scientific literature†No. SARS cases identified through informal sources‡
Hong Kong17120
All other0

*National estimate equal 3/4 of the sum over all 5-y age groups of the product of the number of female patients in the 5-y age group by the age-specific fertility rate for that age group.
†Cases were found by author through intensive scientific literature search.
‡Identified through World Health Organization meetings, conference calls and emails.
§The country-specific age-sex distribution of cases was not available for this country; the combined age-sex distribution from all available patients from other countries was used in this estimate. For this reason estimate for this country may be less precise.
¶Both patients were from the United States.

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1It is necessary to multiply by 3/4, because live births take 9 months, on average.

2The estimated number of pregnant women is based on expected number of live births, and the estimate does not take into consideration fetal loss, premature delivery, or multiple births.

3Estimates can be made by using an electronic spreadsheet. Age-specific fertility rates can be drawn from United Nations Population Division data available for all countries.