2003 Hong Kong outbreak

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The 2003 Hong Kong outbreak of chronic fatigue syndrome was caused by the SARS pandemic.[1] An additional study of SARS survivors in Toronto, Canada, found a chronic post-SARS syndrome similar to fibromyalgia persisted in many SARS survivors 8 years after the SARS outbreak.[2]

Onset[edit | edit source]

The SARS-CoV virus caused the SARS pandemic of 2002-2003, beginning in China in late 2002, and spreading to Hong Kong in February 2003, then Taiwan, Canada, and several other countries.[3][4] The Hong Kong cases were infected at three main sites, the Amoy Gardens housing complex, the Metropole Hotel, and the Prince of Wales Hospital.[3]

Symptoms[edit | edit source]

The chronic fatigue syndrome outbreak was not identified until Lam et al.'s 2009 follow up of those hospitalized with SARS. Lam et al. found 27.1% of the SARS survivors who had needed to be hospitalized had chronic fatigue syndrome.

Findings[edit | edit source]

Epidemiology[edit | edit source]

Prognosis[edit | edit source]

Notable studies[edit | edit source]

  • 2011, Chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, depression and disordered sleep in chronic post-SARS syndrome; a case-controlled study[2] - (Full text)
  • 2009, Mental Morbidities and Chronic Fatigue in Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Survivors: Long-term Follow-up[1] - (Full text)

Learn more[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lam, Marco Ho-Bun; Wing, Yun-Kwok; Yu, Mandy Wai-Man; Leung, Chi-Ming; Ma, Ronald C. W.; Kong, Alice P. S.; So, W. Y.; Fong, Samson Yat-Yuk; Lam, Siu-Ping (Dec 14, 2009). "Mental Morbidities and Chronic Fatigue in Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Survivors: Long-term Follow-up". Archives of Internal Medicine. 169 (22): 2142–2147. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.384. ISSN 0003-9926. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Moldofsky, Harvey; Patcai, John (Mar 24, 2011). "Chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, depression and disordered sleep in chronic post-SARS syndrome; a case-controlled study". BMC Neurology. 11 (1): 37. doi:10.1186/1471-2377-11-37. ISSN 1471-2377. PMC 3071317Freely accessible. PMID 21435231. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hui, David S.C.; Chan, Paul K.S. (Sep 2010). "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and Coronavirus". Infectious Disease Clinics of North America. 24 (3): 619–638. doi:10.1016/j.idc.2010.04.009. ISSN 0891-5520. PMC 7127710Freely accessible. PMID 20674795. 
  4. Hung, Lee Shiu (Aug 2003). "The SARS Epidemic in Hong Kong: What Lessons have we Learned?". Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 96 (8): 374–378. doi:10.1177/014107680309600803. ISSN 0141-0768. 

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