A Retrospective Review on the 2003 Multinational Outbreaks of SARS and the Preventive Measures of Its Nosocomial Infections

2005 Vol.21 NO.6

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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was the first emerging infectious disease that caught global attention in the 21st century. The outbreak started in November 2002 when an unknown disease exploded and began to spread in the vicinity of Heyuan City, Guangdong Province of Mainland China. The patients reportedly suffered from fever, chills, dizziness, cough, and other symptoms of respiratory illness, such as pneumonia, and even death. Shortly afterwards, Chinese news programs reported a rush in purchases of “indigowoad root” (a Chinese medicine, English name: Radix Isatidis, the root of Isatisoin digotica) happening among certain people living in that region.