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In the spring of 2003, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) emerged as a global infectious disease threat. First reported in Asia, the illness spread to more than two dozen countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia before the SARS global outbreak of 2003 was contained. By the time North Carolina reported its confirmed case in June 2003, that case was the eighth laboratory-confirmed case of SARS in the United States. No further confirmed cases were reported in the U.S., and the transmission of SARS-CoV was declared contained in July 2003.

In October 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented a draft SARS plan. In response, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Epidemiology Section formed a committee of state, regional and local Public Health and critical partners in healthcare facility infection control to adapt the CDC plan for use in North Carolina. Although currently there are no known cases of SARS transmission anywhere in the world, DPH provides the North Carolina SARS Response Plan reference.