The Centers for illness Control & Prevention on Saturday commenced distributing cards at airports receiving flights returning at once from Hong Kong warning travelers returning to the US from Hong Kong & Guangdong Province, people’s republic of China & Hanoi, Vietnam that they might have been exposed to cases of harsh acute respiratory syndrome.The cards are being distributed by quarantine officers at Chicago, O’Hare international airfield; L. A.; old York town, JFK world airfield; Newark; & San Francisco. These airports are the sole U.S. Airfields receiving direct flights from HK. No U.S. Airfields receive direct flights from Hanoi or the Guangdong Province. CDC officers expect to grow the distribution of cards to port, Alaska & the territory of Guam later today.
The cards also offer steering designed to aid physicians in making a diagnosis by advising travelers to inform their physicians about recent travel to the influenced regions, & whether they have been in contact with individuals who displayed symptoms of SARS.The travel cards warn those returning from the three areas that they should monitor their health for at least three days. They are also suggested to contact their doctors if they become ill with a fever accompanied by a cough or problem in breathing.The CDC advises consultants & other clinicians to be on the lookout for travelers who:As of March 15, 2003, the CDC had received reports of SARS cases in HK & Guangdong Province, people’s republic of China; Hanoi, Vietnam & Canada, Singapore & Thailand. For that reason the World Health Organization has issued emergency steerage for travelers & airlines so that persons displaying symptoms of the sickness can receive immediate health care & can be brought to the attention of public health authorities. These individuals are also advised against travelling while ill.Have a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher;one or more symptoms of respiration illness including cough, trouble breathing, difficulty in breathing, hypoxia ( insufficiency in the quantity of oxygen reaching tissues of the body ), X-rays indicating the presence of pneumonia, or breathing trouble; &one or more of the following:History of travel to hong kong or Guangdong Province, people’s republic of China, or Hanoi, Vietnam inside three days of symptom onset;
Close contact with people with breathing illness having the described travel history. Close contact includes having cared for, lived with, or had direct contact with respiration secretions & body liquids of a person with SARS.Additionally, airlines should:Alert the destination airport of any passengers meeting the case definition criteria;Arriving passengers who are symptomatic should be referred to health authorities for assessment & care;The passengers & crew should provide all contact information for how passengers can be reached for the subsequent fourteen days to airfield health authorities.Aircraft passengers & crew should be informed of the person’s status as a suspect case of SARS [*SCO].