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Laboratory tests confirm SARS case in southern China

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    Monday, January 05, 2004, 20:20 EST (8:20 PM EST) CDCHAN-00181-2004-01-05-ADV-N

    Isolated Case Poses No Immediate Public-Health Threat

    On January 5, 2004, the Chinese Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that laboratory tests have confirmed evidence of recent infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome—associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) in a 32-year-old man in Guangdong Province, China. The patient, who had onset of an illness consistent with SA R S on December 16, 2003, is currently afebrile and in good condition. All the 81 identified contacts of the patient are reported to be well. Press releases from WHO Geneva and the Western Pacific Regional Office describing the case are provided below and available at and The WHO statements emphasize that although this case has been confirmed, there is no immediate public-health threat in southern China and it remains safe to travel in all areas of China.

    The source of infection for this case has not been identified. As noted in the WHO press releases, Chinese authorities have taken steps to minimize contact between humans and animals thought to carry SARS-CoV, including culling of civet cats and related species.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is in close communication with WHO regarding this case of SARS. Because this is an isolated case with no evidence of person-to-person transmission, the U.S. guidelines and recommendations for SA R S surveillance, evaluation, and reporting in the absence of SARS-CoV transmission still apply. For more information, see the CDC document, “ In the Absence of SARS-CoV Transmission Worldwide: Guidance for Surveillance, Clinical and Laboratory Evaluation, and Reporting” at The document is part of CDC's draft Public Health Guidance for Community-Level Preparedness and Response to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

    Additional reports about the SA R S case in China will be distributed as more information becomes available.

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