At the Epicentre: Hong Kong and the SARS Outbreak

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Calendar of Events

William Chiu and Veronica Galbraith

All events in Hong Kong unless otherwise indicated.

Events in Mainland China

International events (excluding Hong Kong and China)

To the greatest extent possible, all dates are in Hong Kong time.


2002

16 NovemberFirst known case A chef specializing in exotic meats is treated in Foshan city. He is later identified as the first reported SARS patient.


2003

23 JanuaryConfidential report issued about Guangdong outbreak A Guangzhou medical official delivers a confidential report to the Guangdong Department of Health describing an unknown respiratory disease outbreak.

31 JanuarySARS patient arrives in Guangzhou A man from Zhongshan is admitted to hospital, where he infects 30 people. He is transferred to another hospital, where he infects 26 others. He has also spread the disease to 19 family members.

8 FebruaryGuangdong informs Beijing Guangdong informs the Central Authorities in Beijing about the outbreak and holds a press conference in Guangdong on 10 February about it. Officials state that everything is under control. For months, citizens of Guangdong have been using facemasks, antiseptic and traditional methods, such as vinegar and a herb called Isatidis Radix, to prevent infection.

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