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Health > SARS total cases: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Two SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) studies - one in the Journal of Infectious Diseases and one in Clinical Infectious Diseases – raise the possibility that SARS may spread through the air and not only through direct person-to-person contact. <p>In the first study, conducted in Toronto, Canada during an outbreak in 2003, researchers collected air samples from the SARS units of four hospitals. They detected the SARS coronavirus in the air of one patient’s room, the first confirmation of the virus in an infected person’s room. <p>The second study, from Hong Kong, found that 50 percent of patients in hospital bays adjacent to a SARS patient became infected, compared with 18 percent of patients in hospital bays further away.<p>Neither study revealed a documented case of airborne transmission of SARS, but the higher rates of infection among nearby patients in the Hong Kong study suggest it is possible.
DEFINITION: Total cases of SARS in given countries.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 China 5,327 2003
2 Hong Kong 1,755 2003
3 Taiwan 346 2003
4 Canada 251 2003
5 Singapore 238 2003
6 Vietnam 63 2003
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 50.67 2003
7 United States 29 2003
8 Philippines 14 2003
=9 Germany 9 2003
=9 Thailand 9 2003
=9 Mongolia 9 2003
12 France 7 2003
13 Australia 6 2003
=14 Sweden 5 2003
=14 Malaysia 5 2003
=16 United Kingdom 4 2003
=16 Italy 4 2003
=18 India 3 2003
=18 South Korea 3 2003
20 Indonesia 2 2003
=21 Macau 1 2003
=21 New Zealand 1 2003
=21 Spain 1 2003
=21 Kuwait 1 2003
=21 Switzerland 1 2003
=21 South Africa 1 2003
=21 Romania 1 2003
=21 Russia 1 2003
=21 Ireland 1 2003

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Two SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) studies - one in the Journal of Infectious Diseases and one in Clinical Infectious Diseases – raise the possibility that SARS may spread through the air and not only through direct person-to-person contact. <p>In the first study, conducted in Toronto, Canada during an outbreak in 2003, researchers collected air samples from the SARS units of four hospitals. They detected the SARS coronavirus in the air of one patient’s room, the first confirmation of the virus in an infected person’s room. <p>The second study, from Hong Kong, found that 50 percent of patients in hospital bays adjacent to a SARS patient became infected, compared with 18 percent of patients in hospital bays further away.<p>Neither study revealed a documented case of airborne transmission of SARS, but the higher rates of infection among nearby patients in the Hong Kong study suggest it is possible.

Posted on 12 Apr 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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