Seated on the left, this image depicts three Chinese Field Epidemiology Training Program (CFETP) students who were in the process of conducting an epidemiologic investigation into their country’s 2003 SARS outbreak. Here, they were acquiring data from, and providing information to some of the Chinese countryside inhabitants that would answer SARS-related questions the local inhabitants had regarding how the viral illness would affect them, and their community.
“Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, called SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). SARS was first reported in Asia in February 2003. The illness spread to more than two dozen countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia before the SARS global outbreak of 2003 was contained.”
“Since 2004, there have not been any known cases of SARS reported anywhere in the world. The content in this Web site was developed for the 2003 SARS epidemic. But, some guidelines are still being used. Any new SARS updates will be posted on this Web site.”
For more on SARS, please visit the CDC’s dedicated webpage, by way of the link provided below.