Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Taiwan
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Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Taiwan

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      14:10 EST (02:10 PM EST) CDCHAN-00170-03-12-17-ADV-N On December 17, 2003, the Taiwanese Department of Health reported a single case of infection with SARSassociated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) in a research scientist in Taiwan. The press release from the Taiwanese Department of Health is provided below and is also available on that agency's website at http://sars.doh.gov.tw/news/2003121701.html. Additional information about the report is available on the website of the World Health Organization (WHO) http://www.who.int/csr/don/2003_12_17/en/. CDC is in close communication with the Department of Health in Taiwan and with WHO regarding this report. This is the second case of SARS-CoV infection that was likely acquired in a laboratory setting since the initial worldwide outbreak, and it reinforces the need for careful adherence to recommended laboratory safety practices for SARS-CoV. Recommendations for these laboratory protocols are available in Supplement F, Appendix F 4, "Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens Associated with SARS”, in CDC's draft Public Health Guidance for Community-Level Preparedness and Response to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars/sarsprepplan.htm.
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