Emergencies preparedness, response

Acute respiratory syndrome in China - Update 3

20 February 2003

Disease Outbreak Reported

The Ministry of Health, China has reported that the causal agent for the atypical pneumonia outbreak in Guangdong Province, which affected a total of 305 cases including 5 deaths, was probably caused by chlamydia pneumoniae. Further epidemiological investigations are underway coordinated by the Guangdong provincial health department.