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The World in Medicine
June 2, 2004

SARS in China

JAMA. 2004;291(21):2534. doi:10.1001/jama.291.21.2534-d

A WHO-Chinese team investigating an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in China first reported on April 22 were focusing their efforts on the National Institute of Virology in Beijing (http://www.who.int/csr/don/2004_05_05/en/). The first 2 cases involved a postgraduate student and a researcher at the institute; an additional 7 cases were diagnosed, which were linked with close personal contact with the student or with a nurse who treated the student. As of May 12, 1 patient had died, 6 had recovered, and 2 remained hospitalized.

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