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Interim guidance for institutions or organizations hosting persons arriving in the United States from areas with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
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    HAN ; 141
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    Wednesday, May 14, 2003, 0:41 EDT (12:41 PM EDT)

    CDCHAN-00141-03-0 5-14-ADV-N

    To date, most reported cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the United States have been acquired during international travel to countries where SARS is being transmitted in the community. (These areas are described at case definition page). In this country, only a small number of suspected or probable cases of SARS have been detected among exposed healthcare personnel and household contacts of SARS patients. Casual contact with SARS patients at schools, other institutions, or public gatherings (e.g., attending the same class or meeting) has not resulted in documented transmission in the United States.

    Thousands of people arrive in the United States from areas where SARS outbreaks are occurring to participate in gatherings such as academic courses, business meetings, or sporting events. Guidance is needed to provide a consistent, rational approach to SARS prevention without unnecessarily stigmatizing these groups or interfering with collegial pursuits, commerce, and other important activities.

    At this time, CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing classes, meetings or other gatherings that will include persons traveling to the United States from areas with SARS. CDC is working closely with WHO and other partners as part of a global collaboration to address the SARS outbreak.

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