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SARS: the new challenge to international health and travel medicine.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16335659     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the first severe new infectious disease of this millennium, caused widespread public disruption. By July 2003, 8427 probable SARS cases had been reported from 29 countries with a case fatality rate of 9.6%. The new febrile respiratory illness spread around the world along the routes of international air travel, with outbreaks concentrated in transportation hubs or densely populated areas. The etiologic agent was identified as a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV. The disease is transmissible person-to-person through direct contact, large droplet contact and indirect contact from fomites and unwashed hands. Saudi Arabia successfully prevented the entry of the disease by imposing travel restrictions, special entry requirements, screening procedures at airports, including temperature checks, and quarantine. Ongoing efforts are aimed at developing case investigation, case management and surveillance protocols for SARS.
S Venkatesh; Z A Memish
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Eastern Mediterranean health journal = La revue de santé de la Méditerranée orientale = al-Majallah al-ṣiḥḥīyah li-sharq al-mutawassiṭ     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1020-3397     ISO Abbreviation:  East. Mediterr. Health J.     Publication Date:    2004 Jul-Sep
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-12     Completed Date:  2006-01-18     Revised Date:  2006-05-23    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9608387     Medline TA:  East Mediterr Health J     Country:  Egypt    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  655-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Medical Affairs Division, Department of Medicine, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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MeSH Terms
Case Management
Communicable Disease Control / methods
Communicable Diseases, Emerging / epidemiology,  prevention & control*,  virology
Contact Tracing
Mass Screening
Population Surveillance
Public Health
Saudi Arabia
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / epidemiology,  prevention & control*,  virology
World Health*

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