SARS in Hospital Emergency Room
Published Date:May 2004
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 10(5):782-788.
Corporate Authors:SARS Research Group of National Taiwan University College of Medicine and National Taiwan University Hospital
Aged, 80 And Over
Communicable Diseases, Emerging
Emergency Service, Hospital
Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional
Real-time Reverse Transcriptase–polymerase Chain Reaction
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
Description:Thirty-one cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) occurred after exposure in the emergency room at the National Taiwan University Hospital. The index patient was linked to an outbreak at a nearby municipal hospital. Three clusters were identified over a 3-week period. The first cluster (5 patients) and the second cluster (14 patients) occurred among patients, family members, and nursing aids. The third cluster (12 patients) occurred exclusively among healthcare workers. Six healthcare workers had close contact with SARS patients. Six others, with different working patterns, indicated that they did not have contact with a SARS patient. Environmental surveys found 9 of 119 samples of inanimate objects to be positive for SARS coronavirus RNA. These observations indicate that although transmission by direct contact with known SARS patients was responsible for most cases, environmental contamination with the SARS coronavirus may have lead to infection among healthcare workers without documented contact with known hospitalized SARS patients.
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