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Am J Public Health. 2007 Apr;97 Suppl 1:S98-100. Epub 2007 Apr 5.

Optimizing severe acute respiratory syndrome response strategies: lessons learned from quarantine.

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Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, Department of Health, Taipei, Taiwan.

Abstract

Taiwan used quarantine as 1 of numerous interventions implemented to control the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003. From March 18 to July 31, 2003, 147,526 persons were placed under quarantine. Quarantining only persons with known exposure to people infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome could have reduced the number of persons quarantined by approximately 64%. Focusing quarantine efforts on persons with known or suspected exposure can greatly decrease the number of persons placed under quarantine, without substantially compromising its yield and effectiveness.

PMID:
17413071
PMCID:
PMC1855001
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2005.082115
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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