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SARS beyond Amoy Gardens – Completing the Incomplete Legacy (Clin Infect Dis., abstract, edited)

[Source: Clinical Infectious Diseases, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]

SARS beyond Amoy Gardens – Completing the Incomplete Legacy

Ignatius Tak-Sun Yu*, Hong Qiu, Lap Ah Tse, and Tze Wai Wong

Author Affiliations: From the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

*Correspondence: Ignatius TS Yu, Address: 4/F School of Public Health, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong SAR, China. Phone: 852-2252 8773; Fax: 852-2606 3500; E-mail:

Clin Infect Dis. (2013) / doi: 10.1093/cid/cit797 / First published online: December 6, 2013



The temporal and spatial distributions of the 2003 SARS outbreak in Amoy Gardens of Hong Kong was re-examined using all confirm cases. The outbreak actually extended to nearby residential complexes. Airborne spread was the most likely explanation and the SARS-conronavirus could have spread over a distance of 200 meters.

Received September 19, 2013.  Accepted November 24, 2013