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  • Two colleagues of infected SARS scientist now in U.S. )Immigration,United Nations,MY Title)

    12/18/2003 7:31:38 PM PST · by fatso · 11 replies · 172+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/19/03 | WILLIAM FOREMAN
    Taiwan's new SARS case raise questions about procedures at labs Two colleagues of infected scientist now in U.S. Song Yeon-Jae / AP A thermal camera checks the temperature of passengers from China arriving Wednesday at Inchon International Airport in South Korea. Taiwan has reported a new SARS case. TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's first SARS case in five months raised serious questions Wednesday about how carefully laboratories are handling the virus. The infected scientist ignored safety guidelines and waited six days before going to a hospital -- even though he had a fever. Fears about the virus increased Thursday as Taiwanese...
  • Sudden death raises SARS fear

    12/19/2003 4:43:43 AM PST · by torstars · 11 replies · 144+ views
    News-Register ^ | 12/18/03 | MATTHEW D. LaPLANTE
    Sudden death raises SARS fear Published: December 18, 2003 By MATTHEW D. LaPLANTE Of the News-Register A McMinnville woman's sudden death at Willamette Valley Medical Center, following a trip to China, has state and local health officials investigating the possibility of SARS. However, the same officials say the likelihood of the disease is slim. "We are considering SARS testing. We are having discussion with people trying to make sure they know this has crossed our minds," said Paul Cieslak, manager of the state Department of Human Services' communicable disease program. "But right now, it's so very unlikely." Cieslak said the...
  • If SARS Hits U.S., Quarantine Could Too

    12/08/2003 8:41:09 PM PST · by flutters · 13 replies · 157+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 9, 2003 | By DAVID TULLER
    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8 — As the health officer of Alameda County, Dr. Anthony Iton is prepared to make tough choices if SARS re-emerges this winter or spring, as many infectious disease experts fear. The county, just across the bay from here, has identified two large buildings where, if voluntary steps to quell an epidemic were to fail, the authorities could sequester not just people who were sick but also people who might have been exposed to the SARS virus, Dr. Iton said. The buildings, he said, could house up to 100 people and could be guarded to keep anyone...
  • SARS Symptoms Prompt Quarantine of Nine People in Texas Town

    <p>July 11 (Bloomberg) -- Nine residents of an Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, have been quarantined because they are suspected of having severe acute respiratory syndrome.</p> <p>The first case was reported on Tuesday. Some of the people had symptoms of a flu-like or respiratory illness after traveling through a Toronto airport, said David May, a spokesman for Dyess Air Force Base.</p>
  • Cross-border SARS scare

    07/12/2003 8:19:26 AM PDT · by freeforall · 7 replies · 179+ views
    The London Free Press (Canada) ^ | 2003-07-12 | RANDY RICHMOND, AND MARISSA NELSON
    Cross-border SARS scare But there's little danger that Texans quarantined after London's air show have the disease, health officials say. RANDY RICHMOND, AND MARISSA NELSON, Free Press Reporters 2003-07-12 03:46:06 A SARS scare boomer-anged from Texas to Ontario yesterday after a group of U.S airmen were isolated on their return from working at London's air show. Officials scrambled to contain the damage to Ontario's image -- already reeling from 39 SARS deaths this year and a plunge in tourism. "It taints the whole province," said John Winston, Tourism London general manager. "It is the perception that is the most difficult...
  • Woman with SARS symptoms released

    07/19/2003 2:21:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 139+ views
    Antelope Valley Press ^ | uly 19, 2003 | BOB WILSON
    LANCASTER - A female patient suspected of displaying symptoms of severe acute respiratory syndrome while at Antelope Valley Hospital has been released and is believed to be leaving the country, a physician said Friday. The woman is one of 22 people in Los Angeles County who meet the criteria for being either "probable" or "suspected" SARS victims, said Dr. David Dassey, deputy chief of the county's Acute Communicable Disease Control Unit. The woman was under hospital observation for SARS for several days, from about July 3 to about July 7, Dassey said. No new cases have been reported to the...
  • Nine people quarantined in Abilene as SARS precaution

    07/11/2003 6:55:38 AM PDT · by Brian S · 11 replies · 186+ views
    ABILENE, Texas— Nine people in the Abilene area are quarantined at home as a precaution for the SARS virus, officials said Thursday. A group of military personnel passed through the Toronto Airport recently, and some reported mild to moderate respiratory problems earlier this week after returning to Texas, said Capt. David May of Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene. None have been hospitalized, he said. Only one person fits the definition of being a suspect case of SARS, but the entire group and some people they've come in contact with are now under quarantine, nine people in all, May said....
  • SARS Epidemic May Reemerge, CDC Director Warns

    06/18/2003 7:14:24 PM PDT · by Prince Charles · 220 replies · 2,107+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6-18-03
    SARS Epidemic May Reemerge, CDC Director Warns Wed June 18, 2003 03:04 PM ET CHICAGO (Reuters) - Like deadly flu epidemics of the past, SARS may reemerge later this year as a global health threat, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. Dr. Julie Gerberding pointed out that infectious diseases like SARS and monkeypox are spread around the world by travelers or by trade in exotic animals. "This is the new normal: emerging infectious diseases ... that create immediate global concerns because of the movement of people and animals," Gerberding said in a...
  • Canadian bureaucrats argue it's too soon to suggest SARS has spread

    06/17/2003 9:26:11 AM PDT · by CobaltBlue · 21 replies · 276+ views
    London Free Press ^ | June 17, 2003 | HELEN BRANSWELL, CP
    TORONTO -- Test results on a man who died at an Oshawa hospital early this month show evidence he may have been infected with SARS. But officials said yesterday it was too soon to suggest SARS had spread to another hospital in the region because testing of specimens produced conflicting findings. If it turns out this is a case of severe acute respiratory syndrome, it will raise many questions about how the man contracted the disease. He was known to have been in close proximity to two SARS patients at the hospital, but died too soon after contact for them...
  • WHO Downgrades Canada's Progress on SARS

    06/13/2003 8:33:38 PM PDT · by IYAAYAS · 2 replies · 207+ views
    AP ^ | By CLARE NULLIS, Associated Press Writer
    GENEVA - The World Health Organization (news - web sites) on Friday downgraded its assessment of SARS (news - web sites)-prevention efforts in Canada after a U.S. visitor to Toronto returned home with the virus. But the U.N. agency said it had no plans to issue another travel advisory for the city. WHO officials also dropped some parts of China from its list of places under the SARS travel warning but retained its advice that people avoid nonessential travel to Beijing and Taiwan. On Saturday, Taiwan reported two SARS deaths, breaking a period of 16 successive days without new fatalities....
  • Patient Hospitalized For Possible SARS Exposure Dies; Tests Come Back Negative

    06/13/2003 8:12:38 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 100 replies · 339+ views
    WRAL Raleigh, North Carolina ^ | 2003-06-13 | Reporter: Stephanie Hawco, OnLine Producers: Michelle Singer and Kamal Wallace
    <p>CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- One of two patients being monitored in the Triangle for possible exposure to SARS died Friday. Preliminary tests from the Centers for Disease Control were negative. Meanwhile, dozens of people in the Triangle are under quarantine for possible exposure to SARS.</p>
  • Canadian health officials rapped by WHO

    06/13/2003 5:25:45 AM PDT · by Lorenb420 · 4 replies · 163+ views
    Globe & Mail ^ | 2003-06-13 | CAROLINE ALPHONSO and GEOFFREY YORK
    Toronto — The World Health Organization has criticized Canadian health authorities for failing to notify people properly that they may have been exposed to SARS. A senior United Nations official also raised questions yesterday about how well provincial and federal authorities are working together to tackle the virus. Canadian officials say the criticisms are unfounded. But the WHO is still downgrading Toronto on its list of areas of local transmission today to a so-called Level C status, Health Canada said. This means that health officials in Toronto are not doing a good enough job, according to WHO, of tracing people...
  • Fears Grow in North Carolina, 2 more fall ill

    06/13/2003 5:16:50 AM PDT · by jacquej · 129 replies · 327+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | June 13, 2003 | Tim Harper
    Toronto's most notorious export, may have spread in this tightly knit university town. With one confirmed case of SARS in its midst, employees at a University of North Carolina support building learned yesterday two more of their colleagues are in isolation and suffering from respiratory illness. The news heightened anxiety among the town's residents. "We are very highly concerned," North Carolina state epidemiologist Dr. Jeffrey Engel said in an interview. "That concern will last until we can determine whether there have been secondary infections in this case." Pete Reinhardt, director of health and safety at UNC, said the two show...
  • WHO May Renew Toronto Alert if SARS Jump Confirmed

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (news - web sites) may renew a warning against travel to Toronto if a feared upsurge in SARS (news - web sites) was confirmed in Canada's largest city and business capital, a WHO spokesman said on Wednesday. But there was "nothing automatic" about issuing a call to avoid unnecessary travel to Toronto, even if the suspected outbreak could push it further above some WHO trigger points for such alerts, spokesman Iain Simpson added. Canadian health officials said on Tuesday they were investigating 12 pneumonia patients at a Toronto clinic who had developed symptoms...
  • Kansas: Flight quarantined after passengers complain of SARS-like symptoms

    06/12/2003 2:45:04 PM PDT · by Pro-Bush · 14 replies · 177+ views
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | 6/13/03 | The Wichita Eagle Staff writer
    Flight quarantined after passengers complain of SARS-like symptoms A regularly scheduled American Eagle flight from Dallas to Wichita was quarantined shortly before noon today at Mid Continent Airport when an elderly passenger on the plane complained of symptoms consistent with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. City spokeswoman LaTricia Harper said three of the 42 passengers on the plane had spent three weeks in Hanoi, Vietnam and that during the flight, one of the three developed a severe, hacking cough which is a symptom of SARS. All three passengers, however, were rushed from the plane to a local hospital while the other...
  • D'Cunha wonders why U.S. has such low SARS numbers

    06/11/2003 1:16:45 AM PDT · by per loin · 19 replies · 200+ views
    D'Cunha wonders why U.S. has such low SARS numbersPuzzled by lack of American deathsHealth Canada looks for answers OTTAWA &#8212; Ontario's chief medical officer of health is raising questions about the credibility of American SARS statistics and has asked Health Canada to seek clarification. Dr. Colin D'Cunha said he's puzzled by the low number of reported SARS cases in the United States, and the fact that no deaths have been reported. "There are cities in the U.S. that are large gateways to Asia and Hong Kong and, yes, we have good health systems and we can catch people but I'm...
  • 15 in Toronto Show Symptoms of SARS; Canada Faces SARS Questions, Link to North Carolina Case

    06/10/2003 5:37:36 PM PDT · by Brian S · 7 replies · 213+ views
    Canada Faces SARS Questions With Possible New Toronto Cluster, Link to North Carolina Case The Associated Press TORONTO June 10 — Health authorities in Canada's biggest city scrambled Tuesday to explain possible new SARS cases at one hospital and how a recent visitor from the United States came down with the illness after returning home. The 15 patients showing symptoms of severe acute respiratory syndrome at a hospital outside Toronto, and the U.S. man with SARS under quarantine at his home near Raleigh, N.C., renewed fears that the World Health Organization could impose another travel warning for the city. At...
  • U.S. confirms export case of SARS from Toronto

    06/10/2003 7:02:55 AM PDT · by Brian S · 27 replies · 383+ views
    CTV ^ | 06-10-03 News Staff There is more bad news this morning for Canada in the battle against SARS. U.S. officials have confirmed that Toronto has exported a case of the pneumonia-like illness to North Carolina. The 47-year-old man developed a fever and pneumonia after visiting the city. While he did visit a patient in a health care facility, exactly how he contracted SARS is a mystery. The man visited the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care in north Toronto on May 16 and 17. Two people who shared the room with the person he visited came down with SARS, but five to...
  • U.S. man who visited Toronto has SARS [N.C.]

    06/09/2003 11:18:24 PM PDT · by Future Useless Eater · 51 replies · 498+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Jun. 9, 2003
    Jun. 9, 2003. 10:23 PM U.S. man who visited Toronto has SARS FROM CANADIAN PRESS U.S. officials confirmed today that Toronto has exported a case of SARS to the United States. To make matters worse, figuring out how the man caught the disease in the first place is stumping local SARS experts. The man, a 47-year-old from North Carolina, developed fever and pneumonia late last month after a stay in Toronto during which he visited a patient in a health-care facility. Two people who shared the room with the person he visited came down with SARS - but only several...
  • Medical Alert (Global SARS Response & Bioterror Preparedness)

    06/08/2003 8:08:05 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 12 replies · 394+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 8, 2003 | Tom Carter
    <p>Doctors, scientists and public health officials across the nation went into overdrive within hours of the World Health Organization's first global alert on SARS, the deadly new virus from Asia. The word went out over phone trees, blast faxes, BlackBerry alerts, e-mail. And inside 24 hours, the U.S. public health system stood ready to tackle SARS — severe acute respiratory syndrome — as it became the world's latest "emerging disease."</p>
  • Man placed in confinement after showing SARS symptoms (involuntary isolation at Kaiser Permanente)

    06/05/2003 7:12:50 PM PDT · by I'll be your Huckleberry · 38 replies · 203+ views
    AP Breaking ^ | 6-5-03
    <p>SAN MATEO -- Health officials today said one new suspected case of SARS has been reported in San Mateo County and the patient has been ordered into isolation by the county health officer.</p> <p>The unidentified 39-year-old man recently visited Taiwan and had agreed to isolate himself after reporting symptoms of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome on May 30. But according to the San Mateo County Health Services Agency the man broke the agreement, prompting Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow to issue an involuntary isolation order.</p>
  • First Sars victim says sorry

    06/05/2003 1:49:14 PM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 21 replies · 298+ views
    Times ^ | June 03, 2003 | Oliver Augus
    CHINESE authorities have identified the patient who started the Sars epidemic that has killed at least 770 people around the world. Huang Xingchu, 36, a cook who prepared wild animal dishes in a restaurant in Shenzhen on the Hong Kong border, survived the infection, but now lives in hiding for fear of retribution. Medical experts believe that the Sars virus was passed from the civet cat, a favourite on menus around Hong Kong, to human beings. A restaurant kitchen or livestock market are the most likely places where this happened. The infected cook lost his job and many friends because...

    04/28/2003 3:55:14 PM PDT · by sdk7x7 · 88 replies · 540+ views
    Newsday/Associated Press ^ | 4/28/03 | Newsday
    A student from New Rochelle High School (my high school) has an apparent case of SARS, according to the Associated Press. The article is available here via Newsday. NRHS is several miles outside Manhattan. -sdk
  • SARS fears prompt Ohio school district to close its doors to 1,100 students

    04/28/2003 12:54:10 PM PDT · by CFW · 25 replies · 178+ views
    AP via Boston Glob ^ | 4/28/03 | staff
    <p>MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio (AP) A school district with 1,100 students shut down Monday after parents said they were worried a group of students may have been exposed to the SARS virus during a trip to Canada last week.</p> <p>None of the students showed any signs of severe acute respiratory syndrome, but two school board members received five or six calls each from worried parents and asked that schools be closed, said Rocco Adduci, superintendent of Weathersfield School District in suburban Youngstown.</p>
  • Illness Prompts Activation of CDC Center

    03/16/2003 12:15:19 AM PST · by sarcasm · 8 replies · 226+ views
    AP ^ | March 15, 2003
    ATLANTA -- The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its emergency operations center for only the third time ever in response to reports of mysterious pneumonia-like illness that has caused at least four deaths.No cases of the illness have been identified in the United States, health officials said. But a doctor believed to be infected was taken off a New York-to-Singapore flight in Germany on Saturday and quarantined.CDC officials tried to reassure Americans on Saturday that - although the illness has sickened more than 150 people in seven countries - it appears to be contagious only in close...
  • First Known Case of Atypical Pneumonia in Europe Quarantined in Frankfurt (with 155 passengers)

    03/15/2003 8:40:31 AM PST · by July 4th · 55 replies · 1,024+ views
    AP ^ | 15 March 2003 | AP
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - A doctor from Singapore believed infected with a mysterious form of pneumonia that hit parts of Asia was taken off an airplane from New York on Saturday and quarantined in a Frankfurt hospital, German health authorities said. The doctor, believed to be the first person in Europe to be infected with the atypical virus, was flying to Singapore from New York, where he already began to suffer symptoms, Dr. Angela Wirtz, of the Hessen state health office said in a statement. Fearful the virus may be spreading, the Geneva-based international health organization, WHO, issued an emergency...
  • Guangdong doctor linked to SARS outbreak

    03/20/2003 8:36:12 AM PST · by Mother Abigail · 19 replies · 468+ views
    The Scientist ^ | 03-20-03 | Robert Walgate
    Guangdong doctor linked to SARS outbreak International effort reveals links between SARS outbreak and Chinese pneumonia, and possible agent. | By Robert Walgate Margaret Chan, Health Director of Hong Kong, said today that the source of the current international outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) seems to be a doctor from Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong, the southernmost region of China, which saw 300 cases of a mystery pneumonia between November 2002 and February 2003. Chan's comments are reported in the Hong Kong Standard. China only recently agreed to cooperate with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the US...
  • BREAKING: Mysterious Asian Illness May Be Brand New Disease ....

    03/18/2003 10:51:50 AM PST · by ex-Texan · 19 replies · 242+ views ^ | 3/18/2003 | Douglas Oliver
    BREAKING: Mysterious Asian Illness May Be Brand New Disease Tests are unable to identify bug causing sickness Breaking new this morning in the San Francisco Chronicle is that the strange illness is a brand new disease. (March 18, 2003) I quote a brief excerpt from their report: A mysterious, flu-like illness that has stricken scores of hospital workers in Southeast Asia has stumped a battery of tests for known bacteria and viruses and most likely represents a new human disease of unknown origin, federal health authorities said Monday. At least 14 cases bearing some resemblance to the illness are being...

    03/17/2003 7:08:39 PM PST · by Mother Abigail · 87 replies · 727+ views
    ProMed ^ | 03-17-03 | WOlfgang Preiser
    Wolfgang Preiser --------------------- We report on a patient admitted the day before yesterday (Sat 15 Mar 2003) to our Isolation Unit with atypical pneumonia, together with his travel companions. The patient is a medical doctor from Singapore who treated one of the earliest cases of SARS there between 3 and 9 Mar 2003. On 9 Mar 2003 he himself developed fever (39.4°C), myalgia and bone pain but did not have cough, dyspnoea or sore throat. Despite this, he flew to New York City to attend a medical meeting, accompanied by his wife who is also a doctor and by his...
  • China Provides Information on Deadly Health Threat

    03/17/2003 12:36:40 AM PST · by sarcasm · 2 replies · 274+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 17, 2030 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    hinese health officials yesterday gave the World Health Organization the first, sketchy details about a mysterious respiratory ailment that is believed to have first broken out in Guangdong province last November and that Chinese officials say has tapered off in recent weeks.W.H.O. officials were elated to receive the information, because it was the first official communication from China about the outbreak and because it provides a longer-term view of how the illness has behaved since the first cases were detected. Although the new information hints that the outbreak may be ending in Guangdong for unknown reasons, W.H.O. officials say they...
  • Probable Sars Patient Discharged (Arkansas)

    06/04/2003 8:35:00 AM PDT · by Judith Anne · 14 replies · 180+ views ^ | June 4, 2003 | staff
    LITTLE ROCK — A man hospitalized in Arkansas with what health officials believe was the state’s first probable case of the SARS virus has recovered fully and been released, the Department of Health said Tuesday. The patient was traveling through the state on business and went to a hospital May 22. He was released Tuesday, the department said in a news release. While the man had symptoms consistent with SARS, the Health Department is still waiting on tests to confirm that it is the virus that has been reported in 31 countries, infected more than 8,000 people and killed hundreds....
  • MSNBC- President Bush Signs Executive Order Allowing Quarantine For SARS Patients.

    04/04/2003 1:18:09 PM PST · by kattracks · 189 replies · 1,240+ views
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  • Disease control

    05/15/2003 12:22:21 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 145+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, May 15, 2003 | Robert Goldberg
    <p>A person suspected of having SARS refuses to be tested for the disease and, instead, files a lawsuit claiming that government-mandated screening is a violation of his constitutional right to privacy and the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable search and seizures. Then SARS activists — afraid of being "treated like lepers" — hold up Food and Drug Administration approval of a private home SARS testing kit on the same grounds and because of objections that home tests didn't have face-to-face counseling. They also threaten to seize the patent of any company that develops a SARS drug or vaccine and give it to any generic company to ensure "access." Guess how far SARS would spread in the face of such obstacles?</p>
  • School warns parents of SARS

    05/04/2003 2:39:41 AM PDT · by Prince Charles · 169+ views
    School warns parents of SARS May 4, 2003 Parents of students attending Cloverdale Elementary School in Carol Stream received letters Friday informing them that a student or teacher had exhibited a symptom of possible SARS infection. District 93 Supt. Henry A. Gmitro said Saturday the letters were sent as a precaution because the individual also had a "personal history" factor--such as travel to a country where SARS rates are high--that warranted monitoring for three days. The person had not come down with any new symptoms, and Gmitro said he hoped the situation would soon be resolved.
  • Lufkin woman with SARS symptoms isolated at home - she had traveled to Taiwan

    05/28/2003 12:35:01 PM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 11 replies · 136+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2003 | Associated Press Staff
    Lufkin woman with SARS symptoms isolated at home She had traveled to Taiwan; state taking 'precautionary steps'05/28/2003 Associated Press LUFKIN, Texas – A Lufkin woman who exhibited symptoms associated with the SARS virus after returning from Taiwan this month is being isolated in a family member's home while health officials notify dozens of East Texas residents with whom the woman had contact, the Texas Department of Health said Tuesday. The state health department and two local health agencies began investigating the case over the weekend after the woman reported symptoms associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome, Health Department spokesman Doug...
  • Rumor circulating trading floors of a case of SARS in the White House.

    06/02/2003 3:04:39 PM PDT · by Orange1998 · 21 replies · 106+ views ^ | 06/02/03 |
    15:12 ET Market Action : Rumor circulating trading floors of a case of SARS in the White House. Hearing this contributed to intraday downturn (Dow lost 80 pts in 20 min) in the market. Is it true? Don't know, but probably not (most rumors aren't). Just letting you know what's going around the market.
  • SARS Case in Arkansas

    05/31/2003 5:30:19 AM PDT · by jacquej · 62 replies · 312+ views
    Hope Star ^ | By KEN McLEMORE and PAT HARRIS
    Health officials powerless to squelch rumors By KEN McLEMORE and PAT HARRIS, Hope Star Writers Federal privacy rules in effect slightly more than a month are rendering local, state and national health officials powerless to prevent the spread of rumors that a Canadian truck driver has been in isolation at Medical Park Hospital since Friday with a "probable" case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Arkansas Department of Health Deputy Medical Director Dr. Joe Bates first confirmed the presence of a "probable" SARS case in Arkansas in a news account published Sunday in a state newspaper. At that time, Dr....
  • SARS Suspected in East Texas Woman

    05/27/2003 8:23:37 PM PDT · by myprecious · 39 replies · 286+ views
    Local news station KLTV in Tyler, Texas announced a suspected case of SARS in East Texas. The woman lives in Lufkin, but had recently traveled to Taiwan. She has developed symptoms and is in isolation in a family members home. No other details were released.
  • NORTH DAKOTA: Cass County woman may have SARS

    05/24/2003 12:24:42 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 2 replies · 241+ views
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Sat, May. 24, 2003 | Dale Wetzel
    BISMARCK - North Dakota health officials are checking for the state's possible first case of SARS, which is suspected in a Cass County woman who visited the Toronto airport in early May. The state Health Department described the person only as a Cass County resident in his or her 20s. The presence of the respiratory illness will take about three weeks to confirm, said Larry Shireley, a state disease specialist. Health officials declined to specify the person's gender, but Shireley, during a conference call with reporters Friday and a separate interview afterward, inadvertently referred to the person as "she." New...
  • In USA, All New Suspect and Probable SARS Cases Negative by Lab Testing

    05/22/2003 5:09:06 PM PDT · by EternalHope · 7 replies · 162+ views
    Doctor's Guide News ^ | SARS Investigative Team, CDC.
    In USA, All New Suspect and Probable SARS Cases Negative by Lab TestingBETHESDA, MD, USA -- May 22, 2003 -- A total of 355 SARS cases identified in the United States have been reported from 40 states, with 290 (82%) cases classified as suspect SARS and 65 (18%) classified as probable SARS (more severe illnesses characterized by the presence of pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome) (2). One probable and nine suspect cases have been identified since the last update (3). Of the 65 probable SARS patients, 41 (63%) were hospitalized, and two (3%) required mechanical ventilation. No SARS-related deaths...
  • CDC Health Expert Has Symptoms of SARS

    05/22/2003 3:15:02 PM PDT · by Rodsomnia · 32 replies · 234+ views
    Health - AP ^ | Thu May 22, 1:59 PM ET | Health - AP
    CDC Health Expert Has Symptoms of SARS Thu May 22, 1:59 PM ET Add Health - AP to My Yahoo! TAIPEI, Taiwan - A disease expert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (news - web sites) who was investigating SARS (news - web sites) in Taiwan is returning to the United States after developing symptoms of the virus, a Taiwan health official said Thursday. AP Photo The official said the illness was not confirmed. But if the epidemiologist does have the respiratory virus, it would be the first time a disease investigator has become ill from SARS...
  • U.S. health expert becomes ill after investigating SARS in Taiwan

    05/22/2003 12:49:46 PM PDT · by CathyRyan · 6 replies · 140+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | May 22, 2003
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - A disease expert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who was investigating SARS in Taiwan is returning to the United States after developing symptoms of the virus, a Taiwan health official said Thursday. The official said the illness was not confirmed. But if the epidemiologist does have the respiratory virus, it would be the first time a disease investigator has become ill from SARS since Dr. Carlo Urbani died from SARS in the early days of the epidemic, according to the World Health Organization. The CDC employee, who was not identified, reported fever...
  • American health worker showing SARS-like symptoms in Taiwan [Being flown to the U.S.]

    05/22/2003 4:29:48 AM PDT · by Future Useless Eater · 196 replies · 289+ views
    KFVS, MO ^ | 5/22/03 | AP
    Taipei, Taiwan-AP -- An American health expert investigating the SARS outbreak in Taiwan has himself come down with symptoms associated with the disease. The man arrived in Taiwan one week ago and spent time in two hospitals dealing with SARS outbreaks. Once he started feeling SARS-like symptoms, the man quarantined himself in his hotel room. He's to be flown back to the U-S on a chartered flight. The Sheraton hotel where he stayed is closing for three days for disinfection. Meanwhile, Taiwanese health officials say the man hasn't yet tested positive for the virus associated with SARS, but officials say...
  • U.S. Health Chief Sees SARS Deaths in Europe, U.S.

    05/20/2003 10:30:53 AM PDT · by AntiGuv · 131+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 20, 2003 | Tom Miles
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - People are likely to die from the SARS disease in Europe and the United States later this year, U.S. Health Secretary Tommy Thompson said Tuesday. Severe acute respiratory syndrome has so far killed more than 600 of the almost 8,000 people known to have been infected. The vast majority of deaths have so far been in China and Hong Kong, with none reported in the United States or Europe. Asked by reporters in Brussels how confident he was there would be no deaths in his country or Europe, Thompson said: "I am not confident at all. I...
  • UC Berkeley Lifts SARS Ban on Students

    05/19/2003 12:11:22 AM PDT · by Judith Anne · 7 replies · 121+ views
    TBO ^ | May 17, 2003 | AP staff
    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Officials from the University of California at Berkeley said Saturday they have lifted a ban on students from SARS-affected areas of Asia who have enrolled in summer school. The policy reversal came amid criticism that the school overreacted to a potential threat from the flu-like illness when earlier this month it banned all summer school students from Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China. Berkeley Vice Chancellor Donald McQuade made the announcement while meeting with health officials in Hong Kong. He said the policy change was made because the school has had time to prepare should students...
  • U.S. hospitals ready for SARS outbreak?

    05/17/2003 5:28:37 PM PDT · by Judith Anne · 15 replies · 147+ views
    CNN ^ | May 17, 2003 | CNN staff
    <p>ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- Having too little hospital space to deal with an emergency SARS outbreak is a "weak link" in the U.S. health system, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week.</p> <p>Dr. Julie Gerberding said the country's sophisticated infection control network has been successful in stopping severe acute respiratory syndrome from spreading here. But tools, such as enough specially designed infection control rooms, are needed, she and other health officials said.</p>
  • MEMPHIS, TN: County health department cites possible local SARS case

    05/15/2003 8:27:58 PM PDT · by GailA · 5 replies · 388+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 5/15/03 | staff
    County health department cites possible local SARS case By May 15, 2003 The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department said Thursday it is investigating a possible case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, the atypical pneumonia known as SARS. One Mississippi resident is also under observation. The Health Department said in a press release that both individuals, who were not identified to maintain patient confidentiality, recently traveled to SARS-affected areas. The press release emphasized that there is no risk to the general public from the individuals, and that they are not confirmed to have SARS. They are under observation because...
  • UC Berkeley's SARS Student Ban Dangerous, Misguided

    05/07/2003 4:35:23 PM PDT · by sarcasm · 7 replies · 170+ views
    Pacific News Service ^ | May 6, 2003 | L. Ling-Chi Wang
    A controversial decision by U.C. Berkeley to bar students from certain SARS-afflicted areas from attending summer classes risks racializing a public health issue and inciting further hysteria, writes PNS contributor L. Ling-chi Wang. BERKELEY, Calif.--The decision by the University of California, Berkeley, to bar hundreds of admitted students from SARS-afflicted Asian nations from attending summer sessions on campus risks racializing a public health issue and intensifying hysteria. On the surface, Chancellor Robert Berdahl's decision appears precautionary and judicious. The univerisity will bar students from Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China from attending five summer sessions starting in May, June...
  • One probable, six suspected SARS cases in Georgia

    05/07/2003 8:55:37 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 28 replies · 166+ views
    ONLine Athens ^ | 7 May, 2003
    One probable, six suspected SARS cases in state According to Georgia health officials ATLANTA - Georgia has one probable and six suspected SARS cases, state health officials said Tuesday.   Georgia Division of Public Health officials said the state's probable case involves a man from north Georgia who was ill during a visit to China.   Chinese health officials told the man he had an unusual chest X-ray, which would match the definition of a probable case of SARS. Georgia health officials ''haven't seen any evidence of an unusual chest X-ray,'' but the man is still listed as a probable case, said spokesman Richard...
  • U.S. Approves Force in Detaining Possible SARS Carriers

    05/06/2003 11:47:57 PM PDT · by Pro-Bush · 26 replies · 179+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 5/6/03 | PHILIP SHENON
    WASHINGTON, May 6 — As part of the government's efforts to prevent an epidemic of SARS in the United States, the Bush administration has authorized immigration and customs agents at the nation's international airports to use force to detain arriving passengers who appear to have symptoms of the disease, senior administration officials said. The Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for immigration and customs inspections at airports and other border crossings, has provided masks and gloves to thousands of its airport inspectors in the last month as part of the agency's effort to stem transmission of SARS, or severe...