The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on Saturday started dispersing cards at airports receiving flights returning directly from Hong Kong alerting travelers going back to the United States from Hong Kong & Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China & Hanoi, Vietnam that they may have been exposed to cases of extreme acute breathing syndrome (SARS).
The cards are being distributed by quarantine officials at Chicago, O’Hare International Airport; Los Angeles; old York City, JFK International Airport; Newark; & San Francisco. These airports are the only U.S. airports getting direct flights from Hong Kong. No U.S. airports receive direct flights from Hanoi or the Guangdong Province. CDC officials expect to expand the distribution of cards to Anchorage, Alaska & the territory of Guam later today.
The cards likewise use guidance developed to assist physicians in making a medical diagnosis by encouraging travelers to tell their physicians about recent travel to the impacted areas, & whether they’ve been in contact with individuals who displayed signs of SARS.
The travel cards warn those returning from the three areas that they should monitor their health for at least 3 days. they’re also recommended to contact their doctors if they end up being ill with a fever accompanied by a cough or problem in breathing.
The CDC encourages physicians & other clinicians to be alert for tourists who:.
Since March 15, 2003, the CDC had actually received reports of SARS cases in Hong Kong & Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China; Hanoi, Vietnam & Canada, Singapore & Thailand. Because of that the World Health Organization has actually provided emergency situation assistance for travelers & airline companies so that individuals showing signs of the illness can get immediate healthcare & can be brought to the attention of public health authorities. These people are likewise recommended versus travelling while ill.
Have a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher;.
several signs of breathing illness including cough, shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing, hypoxia (deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching tissues of the body), X-rays showing the presence of pneumonia, or breathing distress; &.
several of the following:.
History of travel to Hong Kong or Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China, or Hanoi, Vietnam within three days of sign beginning;.
Close contact with individuals with breathing disease having the explained travel history. Close contact consists of having looked after, dealt with, or had direct contact with respiratory secretions & body fluids of an individual with SARS.
Furthermore, airline companies ought to:.
Alert the location airport of any guests meeting the case meaning requirements;.
Showing up guests who are symptomatic should be referred to health authorities for assessment & care;&
care;. The passengers & crew need to supply all contact details for how guests can be reached for the subsequent 14 days to airport health authorities.
Aircraft travelers & team need to be informed of the person’s status as a suspect case of SARS;.
The cards are being handed out by quarantine authorities at Chicago, O’Hare International Airport; Los Angeles; old York City, JFK International Airport; Newark; & San Francisco. These airports are the only U.S. airports getting direct flights from Hong Kong. As of March 15, 2003, the CDC had actually received reports of SARS cases in Hong Kong & Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China; Hanoi, Vietnam & Canada, Singapore & Thailand. For that factor the World Health Organization has provided emergency guidance for tourists & airlines so that individuals displaying signs of the health problem can get instant health care & can be brought to the attention of public health authorities.