This document describes a patient with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) whose clinical symptoms were masked by Escherichia coli bacteremia. SARS developed in a cluster of healthcare workers who had contact with this patient. SARS was diagnosed when a chest infiltrate developed and when the patient's brother was hospitalized with acute respiratory failure. The document also highlights problems in atypical cases and offers infection control suggestions.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
Emerging Infectious Diseases (February 2004), v.10, no.2, p. 349-352