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*

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

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Epidemiologic Features

Of the 135 pediatric patients with SARS reported in the 6 publications, 80 had laboratory-confirmed SARS, 27 had probable SARS and 28 had suspect SARS ( Table 1 ). Forty-six percent of the patients were male. Thirty-six percent of cases reported direct contact with an adult diagnosed with SARS. Sources of other exposures included living in a residential estate where transmission is believed to have occurred through household contact or environmental exposure (50%), nosocomial exposure (10%) or travel to a WHO-designated SARS-affected region (3%). Less than 2% of cases had no exposure to a known source of SARS.[11,12,13,15,16] Although SARS-CoV infection in the probable or suspect cases was not verified by a laboratory test, all patients in these categories had documented epidemiologic links to sources of SARS that are known to be associated with risk for infection.

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