Challenges faced by hospital healthcare workers in using a syndrome-based surveillance system during the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in Taiwan

Fuh Yuan Shih, Muh Yong Yen, Jiunn Shyan Wu, Fang Kuei Chang, Lih Wen Lin, Mei Shang Ho, Chao A. Hsiung, Ih Jen Su, Melissa A. Marx, Howard Sobel, Chwan Chuen King

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Abstract

Because the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Taiwan in 2003 was worsened by hospital infections, we analyzed 229 questionnaires (84.8% of 270 sent) completed by surveyed healthcare workers who cared for patients with SARS in 3 types of hospitals, to identify surveillance problems. Atypical clinical presentation was the most often reported problem, regardless of hospital type, which strongly indicates that more timely syndromic surveillance was needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-357
Number of pages4
JournalInfection control and hospital epidemiology
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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