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Volume 9, Number 9—September 2003

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome: Clinical Outcome and Prognostic Correlates1

Ping Tim Tsui*Comments to Author , Man Leung Kwok*, Hon Yuen*, and Sik To Lai*
Author affiliations: *Princess Margaret Hospital, Hong Kong, China

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Table 1

Case definition of SARS, Hong Kong Hospital Authority SARS Registry, April 22, 2003a,b

Inclusion criteria Exclusion criterion
Radiographic evidence of infiltrates consistent with pneumonia A case should be excluded if an alternative diagnosis can fully explain the illness
Temperature >38°C or history of such temperature at any time in the past 2 days
At least two of the following:
History of chills in the past 2 days
Cough (new or increased cough) or breathing difficulty
General malaise or myalgia
Known history of exposure

aSARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome.

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1P.T. Tsui and M.L. Kwok were coprincipal investigators and responsible for data collection. Dr. Tsui wrote the manuscript. H. Yuen and S.T. Lai led and fine tuned the research from hypothesis generation to writing the paper.

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