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Cruz ME, Hernández RME, Borja TB
¿Quo vadis SARS? One hundred days into the outbreak
Rev Asoc Mex Med Crit y Ter Int 2003; 17 (3)

Language: Español
References: 11
Page: 111-114
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On June 18 mark the 100 days since WHO first alerted the world, on 12 March, to the SARS threat. SARS is an emerging viral infectious contagious disease and it has spread through the world. SARS is believed to have originated in Guandong, China. It spread internationally when an infected medical doctor who spent a single night of a Hong Kong hotel in late February infected at least 16 other persons; the number of cases passed 8,000 on May, however the number of new cases on June is decreasing. The world must be considered vulnerable to a return of this outbreak and one of the most important questions for the future is whether SARS can be eliminated or eradicated from its human host. On the basis of the data available, scientists cannot rule out the possibility that SARS will resurface, therefore countries will need to be ready with alert surveillance systems and good preparedness strategies.

Key words: SARS, eradication, elimination, mortality, diagnosis, treatment.


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