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Cumulative Number of Reported Cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

From: 1 Nov 20021 To: 1 Apr 2003, 16:00 GMT+2

Country Cumulative number of case(s) Number of deaths Local chain(s) of transmission2
Australia  1  0  None
Belgium  1  0  None
Canada  53  4  Yes
China3  806 34  Yes
China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region   685  16*  Yes
China, Taiwan  13  0  Yes
France  1  0  None
Germany  5  0  None
Italy  3  0  None
Republic of Ireland  2  0  None
Romania  3  0  None
Singapore  92  3  Yes
Switzerland  3  0  None
Thailand  6  1  None
United Kingdom  3  0  None
United States  69 §  0  To be determined
Viet Nam  58  4  Yes
Total 1804 62  


Cumulative number of cases includes number of deaths.

As SARS is a diagnosis of exclusion, the status of a reported case may change over time. This means that previously reported cases may be discarded after further investigation and follow-up.

1. The start of the period of surveillance has been changed to 1 November 2002 to capture cases of atypical pneumonia in China that are now recognized as being cases of SARS.

2. National public health authorities report to WHO on the areas in which local chain(s) of transmission is/are occurring. These areas are provided on the list of Affected Areas.

3. The reporting period from Guangdong Province is from 16 November 2002 to 28 February 2003.

§ Due to differences in the case definitions being used at a national level, probable cases are reported by all countries except the United States of America, which is reporting suspect cases under investigation.

* One death attributed to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China occurred in a case medically transferred from Viet Nam.