Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

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:

Fever higher than 100.4F AND;

One or more respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing AND;

Either close contact with a person diagnosed with SARS or recent travel to areas with documented transmission of SARS AND;

VERY IMPORTANT: You should have history of travel to one of the following countries such as China, Hong Kong, Viet Nam, Canada, US Mainland within the 10 days of onset of illness, and close contact with people with similar problem while staying in those countries.

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.

Updates on SARS, recommendations and travel advisories can be found on the Web at the World Health Organization site, and the CDC site,

For question, please contact the Director of Health in:

  • Pohnpei: 320-2216/2215
  • Chuuk: 330-2216
  • Kosrae: 370-3199
  • Yap: 350-2114/2115

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356