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Medical News & Perspectives
November 19, 2003

CDC Unveils SARS Plan

JAMA. 2003;290(19):2533-2534. doi:10.1001/jama.290.19.2533

During the international severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) crisis earlier this year, more than half of the 8000 identified cases originated in hospitals. With this in mind, a broad Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plan aimed at containing future outbreaks focuses on rapidly identifying and isolating new cases to prevent nosocomial transmission .

According to the draft plan released in October, each facility "should be prepared to identify, triage, and manage SARS patients." Among other measures, hospitals should prepare to isolate patients with confirmed SARS and quarantine those exposed to SARS patients.