Interim guidance for state and local health departments : Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
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Interim guidance for state and local health departments : Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

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      Saturday, March 15, 2003, 22:30 EST (10:30 PM EST)

      CDCHAN -00119-03-03-15-ADV-N

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assisting the World Health Organization (WHO) in investigating an outbreak of a severe acute respiratory syndrome of unknown etiology. Cases have been reported in China (Guangdong Province and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region), Vietnam, Canada, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. This disease has been characterized by secondary transmission in the health care setting and within households. Most of the identified index cases have traveled to China and a few have had no reported contact with health care workers or sick patients while in China. Approximately 150 cases have been reported. Cases have generally had a brief incubation period (3-5 days). At least two suspect cases have traveled in New York City and Atlanta while symptomatic.

      These cases are being reported in the media. Please expect an increase in public inquiries and volume of clinical visits. You should have already received a health alert that includes a CDC press release, an advisory card for travelers returning from affected areas, and an interim advisory for health care workers. This information is available at www.cdc.gov and will be updated periodically.

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