Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Children

Lauren J. Stockman, MPH*†; Mehran S. Massoudi, PhD, MPH*; Rita Helfand, MD*; Dean Erdman, DrPH*; Alison M. Siwek, MPH*†; Larry J. Anderson, MD*; Umesh D. Parashar, MD, MPH*


Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2007;26(1):68-74. 

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We performed a PubMed literature search using the terms SARS and pediatric and SARS and children to identify reports of pediatric and adolescent patients meeting the WHO case definition for suspect, probable or laboratory-confirmed SARS (Fig. 1). Six case series published in English were identified, describing SARS cohorts in Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore ( Table 1 ).[11,12,13,14,15,16] The case definition of SARS, age, gender, epidemiologic link, clinical features, radiographic features and outcome of patients younger than 18 years of age with SARS were abstracted from each paper. One case series included patients up to 20 years of age of which 4 were age 18-20 years and could not be extracted from the rest of the data reported in the paper.

WHO SARS case definition.


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