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Pre-COVID-19 SARS Epidemic Transmission History Archive

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  • 16 November 2002 First case that fulfilled the WHO definition of SARS at Foshan, Guangdong Province, China
  • 17 December 2002 Chef from Heyuan who worked at a restaurant in Shenzhen had atypical pneumonia
  • 26 December 2002 to 20 January 2003 Outbreak of similar cases at Zhongshan
  • 12 January 2003 Outbreak in Guangzhou resulted in complicated SARS cases transferred to the major hospitals in Guangzhou
  • 31 January 2003 Outbreak in Guanzhou hospitals involving patients and health care workers
  • 21 February 2003 65-yr-old doctor from Guangdong Province resided at “hotel M” in Hong Kong (index patient); unwell since 15 February and admitted to the hospital on 22 February; infected 17 residents at hotel M, some of whom traveled to Vietnam, Singapore, and Toronto, where they started new local clusters of cases
  • 26 February 2003 Hotel M contact was admitted to a hospital in Hanoi and started a nosocomial outbreak
  • 4 March 2003 Another hotel M contact was admitted to Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong and started a nosocomial outbreak
  • 5 March 2003 Another hotel M contact died in Toronto; five family members were affected
  • 12 March 2003 WHO issued a global alert
  • 14 March 2003 Clusters of atypical pneumonia were reported in Singapore and Toronto, which were epidemiologically linked to hotel M outbreak
  • 15 March 2003 WHO named this new disease SARS after receiving reports of more than 150 cases; WHO issued emergency travel advice in response to SARS
  • 21 March 2003 A novel coronavirus was identified in two patients with SARS in Hong Kong; the agent, isolated in rhesus monkey kidney cells (fRhk4), produced a cytopathic effect; in an immunofluorescence antibody assay, sera from SARS patients had rising antibody titers against the virus-infected cells
  • 22 to 27 March 2003 Isolation of a novel coronavirus was confirmed in laboratories of the United States and Germany
  • 12 April 2003 Sequencing of the full genome of SARS-CoV was completed
  • 16 April 2003 WHO announces that SARS-CoV is the causative agent of SARS
  • June 2003 A virus with 99.8% nucleotide identity with SARS-CoV was isolated from palm civets and other game food mammals
  • 5 July 2003 Absence of further transmission in Taiwan signaled the end of human-to-human transmission
  • 3 September 2003 Laboratory-acquired SARS-CoV infection was reported in Singapore
  • 16 December 2003 to 8 January 2004 4 symptomatic cases and 1 asymptomatic case of SARS due to animal-to-human transmission occurred in the city of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China; all isolates had a 29-bp signature sequence insertion for animal SARS-CoV in Orf8
  • 17 December 2003 Second laboratory-acquired SARS-CoV infection reported in Taiwan
  • 25 March and 17 April 2004 Third and fourth laboratory-acquired SARS-CoV infection reported in Beijing, China
  • 16 September 2005 Finding of SARS-CoV-like virus in horseshoe bats; all isolates sequenced had a 29-bp signature sequence for bat SARS-CoV

Timeline Sources

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus as an Agent of Emerging and Reemerging Infection | Clinical Microbiology Reviews

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