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The Rationale of Fever Surveillance to Identify Patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Taiwan

Wang, L.M., Chen, Y.C., Tung, S.P., et al. (2006). The Rationale of Fever Surveillance to Identify Patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Taiwan. Emergency Medicine Journal. 23(3):202-5.

The article describes a cohort study conducted in 2003 to develop a predictive score for SARS infection in patients presenting to emergency departments at several hospitals in Taiwan with fever. The score is based on 10 evaluation items that include symptoms; travel history; contact history; blood count data; and chest X-ray findings. The authors contend that the scoring system was more sensitive and specific than the World Health Organization case definition criteria.
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