The WHO guidelines for diagnosing SARS have an 83% accuracy in detecting suspected cases.
The WHO guidelines for diagnosing SARS have an 83% accuracy in detecting suspected cases. In an observational study of 556 people screened for SARS in Hong Kong, Rainer and colleagues (p 1354) found that the best predictor of SARS was radiological evidence of pneumonic change, which often preceded the onset of fever. The main discriminatory symptoms in the early stages of the disease were fever, chills, malaise, myalgia, and rigornot respiratory tract symptoms, as stated in the WHO guidelines. The guidelines had a specificity of 95% and a sensitivity of 26% for detecting SARS.(Source: BMJ, 2003;326 (20 June))