Hat Task 3 Essay

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Communicable Disease Outbreak Western Governors University Communicable Disease Outbreak In November of 2002, citizens of the Guangdong Province of China started becoming ill with a sickness that is now termed, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Many of the sick were treated by a doctor in the Guangdong Province. In February of 2003, this doctor traveled to Hong Kong and checked in to a hotel. Several days later, he had become ill enough to be admitted to the hospital. Other guests and visitors of the hotel and Hong Kong, which had been there during the doctor’s stay, began migrating to other areas of the world. People traveled to Viet Nam, Taiwan, Singapore, and Toronto. (SARS Timeline, 2013) These areas were deemed hot spots of the outbreak. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) delayed in reporting this outbreak to the World Health Organization (WHO). Without this delay, the outbreak may have been contained earlier and may have prevented some of the deaths that occurred. There were 8,098 reported cases of SARS around the world, with a death count of 774 from the illness. There were only 8 cases of SARS confirmed in the United States, all of whom survived. It was determined that all 8 of these people had traveled to areas where SARS was occurring. In July of 2003, WHO declared the SARS outbreak contained. (World Health Organization, 2003, para. 85) Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is caused by a member of the coronavirus family. It has been named SARS-CoV (severe acute respiratory syndrome associated coronavirus). It is transmitted from person to person via close contact. It is primarily transmitted through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can also be transmitted by direct contact, by touching an infected person or touching where the droplets have landed. The virus is known to live in the droplets for up

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