The SARS Epidemic

Historical Events


Historic DiscoverySARS Outbreak

2002-11-16 The first case of SARS is recorded in Foshan City, Guangdong Province, China, though is not identified until much later. First patient is thought to be a farmer in the city.
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The SARS virus, known technically as SARS-CoV (coronavirus). First appearing in China in 2002, the disease spread to 29 countries before it was stopped.
The SARS virus, known technically as SARS-CoV (coronavirus). First appearing in China in 2002, the disease spread to 29 countries before it was stopped.
  • 2003-04-23 Beijing closes all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus
  • 2003-07-05 SARS is declared "contained" by the WHO after affecting 26 countries and resulting in 774 deaths
  • 2020-01-29 Number of Coronavirus cases passes those of SARS with over 7,700 cases in China confirmed, with 170 deaths
  • 2020-02-09 Deaths from the Coronavirus overtake those of Sars (2003) with 813 deaths worldwide, more than 34,800 known to be infected

Famous Deaths

  • 2003-03-29 Carlo Urbani, Italian physician (SARS) (b. 1956)