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Title: Clinical Description of a Completed Outbreak of SARS in Vietnam, February–May, 2003
Authors: Vu, Hoang Thu
Leitmeyer, Katrin C.
Le, Dang Ha
Miller, Megge J.
Nguyen, Quang Hien
Uyeki, Timothy M.
Reynolds, Mary G.
Aagesen, Jesper
Nicholson, Karl G.
Vu, Quang Huy
Bach, Huy Anh
Plant, Aileen J.
First Published: Feb-2004
Publisher: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Citation: Emerging Infectious Diseases Vol. 10, No. 2, February 2004
Abstract: We investigated the clinical manifestations and course of all probable severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) patients in the Vietnam outbreak. Probable SARS cases were defined by using the revised World Health Organization criteria. We systematically reviewed medical records and undertook descriptive statistical analyses. All 62 patients were hospitalized. On admission, the most prominent symptoms were malaise (82.3%) and fever (79.0%). Cough, chest pain, and shortness of breath were present in approximately one quarter of the patients; 79.0% had lymphopenia; 40.3% had thrombocytopenia; 19.4% had leukopenia; and 75.8% showed changes on chest radiograph. Fever developed on the first day of illness onset, and both respiratory symptoms and radiographic changes occurred on day 4. On average, maximal radiographic changes were observed on day 10, and fevers subsided by day 13. Symptoms on admission were nonspecific, although fever, malaise, and lymphopenia were common. The complications of SARS included invasive intubation and ventilation (11.3%) and death (9.7%).
DOI Link: 10.3201/eid1002.030761
ISSN: 1080-6040
eISSN: 1080-6059
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Emerging Infectious Diseases is published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a U.S. Government agency. Therefore, all materials published in Emerging Infectious Diseases are in the public domain and can be used without permission. Proper citation, however, is required.
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