Acute respiratory syndrome in China - Update 2
14 February 2003
Disease Outbreak Reported
The Ministry of Health, China has reported that the outbreak in Guangdong Province is clinically consistent with atypical pneumonia. Cases had been detected in the province as far back as November 16, 2002. The majority of the patients have experienced non-specific symptoms including fever, headache, joint ache and overall fatigue and weariness.
As of 11 February 2003, a total of 305 cases and 5 deaths have been reported. National authorities report that outbreak is coming under control. Investigations carried out by the Chinese authorities have ruled out anthrax, pulmonary plague, leptospirosis and haemorrhagic fever.