Continue to search for the epidemiologic link to SARS

If no severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) cases have been identified worldwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta recommends asking some key questions to patients who are hospitalized with radiologic-confirmed pneumonia:

  • Have you traveled to or had close contact with ill people who have a history of travel to a previously SARS-affected area within 10 days of the onset of illness?
  • Are you a health care worker with direct patient care responsibilities?
  • Have you had close contact with someone who was recently found to have evidence of pneumonia on chest X-ray with no alternative diagnosis?