Atypical SARS and Escherichia coli Bacteremia
Published Date:Feb 2004
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 10(2):349-352.
Keywords:Atypical Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
Escherichia Coli Infections
Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional
Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
Description:We describe a patient with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) whose clinical symptoms were masked by Escherichia coli bacteremia. SARS developed in a cluster of healthcare workers who had contact with this patient. SARS was diagnosed when a chest infiltrate developed and when the patient's brother was hospitalized with acute respiratory failure. We highlight problems in atypical cases and offer infection control suggestions.
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