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SARS, Cough, and Fever—or Is It SARS, Fever, and Cough?

Michael J. Apostolakos, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Rochester, NY
 ,  Dr. Apostolakos is Associate Professor of Medicine, and Director, Adult Critical Care, University of Rochester Medical School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Correspondence to: Michael J. Apostolakos, MD, FCCP, Strong Memorial Hospital, Pulmonary/Critical Care Unit, Box 692, 601 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY 14642; e-mail: michael_apostolakos@urmc.rochester.edu



Chest. 2004;126(2):333-335. doi:10.1378/chest.126.2.333
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In November of 2002, a new atypical pneumonia emerged in mainland China.1 This infection spread rapidly throughout Southeast Asia and to Canada, and came to be known as the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). A nonspecific case definition was established2 and a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV) was identified as the causative agent.34 By the time this pandemic was declared contained in July 2003, almost 800 people had died from > 8,000 infections.5

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