Emergencies preparedness, response

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

WHO guidelines/recommendations/descriptions


- WHO Scientific Research Advisory Committee on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Report of the first meeting,
Geneva, Switzerland
20-21 October 2003

Case definitions

- Case Definitions for Surveillance of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
revised 1 May 2003 ( French version)

Case management

- Management of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - revised
11 April 2003(French version)

- WHO hospital discharge and follow-up policy for patients who have been diagnosed with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - revised
28 March 2003 (French version)

- Preliminary Clinical Description of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
(French version)
21 March 2003

Laboratories and SARS virus

- WHO SARS International Reference and Verification Laboratory Network: Policy and Procedures in the Inter-Epidemic Period
23 January 2004 (pdf, 27k)

- Summary of the discussion and recommendations of the SARS Laboratory Workshop, 22 October 2003
5 November 2003 (pdf, 80k)

- Meeting on SARS virus detection and survival in food and water, Madrid, 8-9 May 2003
22 May 2003

- First data on stability and resistance of SARS coronavirus compiled by members of WHO laboratory network
4 May 2003

- Use of laboratory methods for SARS diagnosis
1 May 2003 ( French version)

- Laboratory diagnostic testing for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus


- WHO post-outbreak biosafety guidelines for handling of SARS-CoV specimens and cultures
18 December 2003
- WHO biosafety guidelines for handling of SARS specimens
25 April 2003( French version)

Blood safety

- WHO Recommendations on SARS and Blood Safety
15 May 2003(French version)


- Consensus document on the epidemiology of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
17 October 2003 (pdf,900k)

- Epidemic curves - Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
14 July 2003

- "SARS outbreak in the Philippines"
Weekly Epidemiological Record,30 May 2003 [.pdf]

- "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Singapore, 2003"
Weekly Epidemiological Record,9 May 2003 [.pdf]

- SARS epidemiology to date, 11 April 2003

- Articles on SARS in the Weekly Epidemiological Record, 4 April 2003 [.pdf]
- WHO recommended measures for persons undertaking international travel from areas affected by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndome (SARS);
- Global surveillance for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS);
- SARS - Case reporting form

- "Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)"
Weekly Epidemiology Record,21 March 2003 [.pdf]

Mass gatherings

- Guidance for Mass Gatherings: hosting persons arriving from an area with recent local transmission of SARS
15 May 2003( French version)

Goods and animals from SARS-affected areas

- Information to Member States regarding goods and animals arriving from SARS-affected areas, 11 April 2003