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Article: Monitoring the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic and assessing effectiveness of interventions in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

TitleMonitoring the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic and assessing effectiveness of interventions in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Authors
Issue Date2003
PublisherB M J Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://jech.bmjjournals.com/
Citation
Journal Of Epidemiology And Community Health, 2003, v. 57 n. 10, p. 766-769 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective: To estimate the infection curve of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) using the back projection method and to assess the effectiveness of interventions. Design: Statistical method. Data: The daily reported number of SARS and interventions taken by Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) up to 24 June 2003 are used. Method: To use a back projection technique to construct the infection curve of SARS in Hong Kong. The estimated epidemic curve is studied to identify the major events and to assess the effectiveness of interventions over the course of the epidemic. Results: The SARS infection curve in Hong Kong is constructed for the period 1 March 2003 to 24 June 2003. Some interventions seem to be effective while others apparently have little or no effect. The infections among the medical and health workers are high. Conclusions: Quarantine of the close contacts of confirmed and suspected SARS cases seems to be the most effective intervention against spread of SARS in the community. Thorough disinfection of the infected area against environmental hazards is helpful. Infections within hospitals can be reduced by better isolation measures and protective equipments.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/43505
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.865
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.890
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dc.contributor.authorChau, PHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2007-03-23T04:47:24Z-
dc.date.available2007-03-23T04:47:24Z-
dc.date.issued2003en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Epidemiology And Community Health, 2003, v. 57 n. 10, p. 766-769en_HK
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dc.description.abstractObjective: To estimate the infection curve of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) using the back projection method and to assess the effectiveness of interventions. Design: Statistical method. Data: The daily reported number of SARS and interventions taken by Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) up to 24 June 2003 are used. Method: To use a back projection technique to construct the infection curve of SARS in Hong Kong. The estimated epidemic curve is studied to identify the major events and to assess the effectiveness of interventions over the course of the epidemic. Results: The SARS infection curve in Hong Kong is constructed for the period 1 March 2003 to 24 June 2003. Some interventions seem to be effective while others apparently have little or no effect. The infections among the medical and health workers are high. Conclusions: Quarantine of the close contacts of confirmed and suspected SARS cases seems to be the most effective intervention against spread of SARS in the community. Thorough disinfection of the infected area against environmental hazards is helpful. Infections within hospitals can be reduced by better isolation measures and protective equipments.en_HK
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dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Epidemiology and Community Healthen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsJournal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Copyright © B M J Publishing Group.en_HK
dc.subject.meshDisease outbreaks - prevention & controlen_HK
dc.subject.meshSevere acute respiratory syndrome - epidemiology - prevention & contro - transmissionen_HK
dc.subject.meshOutcome and process assessment (health care)en_HK
dc.subject.meshDisease transmission, patient-to-professional - prevention & controlen_HK
dc.subject.meshPublic health practice - standardsen_HK
dc.titleMonitoring the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic and assessing effectiveness of interventions in Hong Kong Special Administrative Regionen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailChau, PH: phpchau@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailYip, PSF: sfpyip@hku.hken_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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