HESA issues advisory on mystery illness outbreak
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): March 27, 2003 - The Federated States of Micronesia Department of Health has issued a Public Advisory on the mysterious flu-like illness surfacing around the world:
There has been an outbreak of a mystery illness known as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in some countries of the world mainly in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Viet Nam during the recent days. While there has not been any suspected case here in the FSM, we are providing this information to the public as advisory.
As an advisory, we are encouraging you to report to any of the hospital in each of the FSM states to get checked up if you meet any of the following conditions associated with SARS.
SARS appears to have an incubation period of 2-7 days and suspect cases must meet the following criteria:
If you have the above, please report to the state hospital and get checked up. If you are planning to travel to the countries mentioned, please be aware of this disease and report to a hospital if you experience the problems mentioned.
SARS can be deadly, so rapid identification, treatment, and the protection of other persons from infection is especially important. To date, 264 suspected or probable cases and 9 deaths have been reported worldwide. Eleven possible cases are currently under investigation in the United States.
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