Problem

Severe acute respiratory syndrome

Other Names:
SARS
Nature:

SARS is a severe strain of coronavirus that quickly spread around the world in early 2003. During the outbreak, which originated in China and spread to 26 countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, approximately 8,000 people were infected and the mortality rate was 9%. However, this rate was much higher with people over the age of 60.  Scientists trace the origins of SARS to bat-infected civet cats most likely sold at a wild animal market in China, but the majority of the transmission was human-to-human. Overall, nearly 800 people died. As of 2004 the SARS virus seemed to have been contained. 

Background:
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a newly recognized clinical disease that has become a major threat to global public health. The disease first appeared in the Guangdong province in China in November 2002. By April 2003, 3,861 cases with 217 deaths in 25 countries were reported to the World Health Organization (WHO). On 5 July, WHO announced that all known person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV had ceased.
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
25.03.2020 – 19:04 CET