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The World in Medicine
April 9, 2003

Sleeping Sickness Strategy

JAMA. 2003;289(14):1774. doi:10.1001/jama.289.14.1774-a

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a global alert on March 12 about a pneumonia-like illness of unknown origin. As of March 24, 456 suspect and probable cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and 17 deaths had been reported to the WHO (http://www.who.int/csr/sars/en/).

The main symptoms, signs, and risk factors associated with SARS include: a fever of greater than 38°C (100.4°F); one or more respiratory tract symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing; and close contact with a person diagnosed as having SARS (caring for, living with, or having had direct contact with respiratory secretions and body fluids of a person with SARS) or recent history of travel to areas reporting cases of SARS.