Isolation Measures Enacted to Stop SARS
Drastic Steps Taken To Prevent Spread of Mysterious Illness
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How SARS Spreads continued...
"Coronaviruses can survive in the environment for up to two
or three hours, and so it's possible that a contaminated object could serve as
a vehicle for transfer to someone else," said CDC director Julie
Gerberding, MD, in a briefing on Saturday.
A previously unknown form of a coronavirus is thought to be
responsible for sudden acute respiratory syndrome. Other coronaviruses are
known to cause respiratory illnesses such as the common cold.
Gerberding says people with SARS seem to be most contagious
when their symptoms first begin. Early symptoms of SARS may include the
- Fever (over 100.4 degrees)
- Respiratory symptoms, such as cough, difficulty breathing and shortness of
Gerberding says people with a history of travel to the affected
areas in Asia or contacts with SARS patients should contact a medical provider
immediately if they develop any symptoms of an illness.
The CDC also expanded its travel advisory to include all of
mainland China, Hanoi, Vietnam, and Singapore. People planning non-essential
travel to these areas are advised to postpone their trips until further
In addition, CDC officials extended the monitoring period for
incoming passengers from these areas from seven to 10 days. The agency is
currently meeting flights and ships arriving from these areas at 20 U.S. ports
of entry and distributing health alert notices advising passengers to be alert
for possible SARS symptoms.
At this point, neither CDC nor WHO has issued travel
restrictions to the areas hardest hit by the outbreak.