The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began distributing cards on Saturday at airports that receive flights returning directly from Hong Kong, warning that passengers returning to the U.S. from Hong Kong, China, Guangdong Province of the People’s Republic of China, and Hanoi, Vietnam may have been exposed to severe acute breathing Cases of Systemic Syndrome (SARS).
Quarantine officers at Chicago O’Hare International Airport are transporting cards; Angel; York Old Town, JFK International Airport; Newark; & San Francisco. These airports are the only airports in the United States that receive direct flights from Hong Kong. There are no airports in the United States that accept direct flights from Hanoi or Guangdong Province. CDC officials hope to expand the card distribution to Anchorage, Alaska and Guam later today.
These cards also provide guidance designed to assist physicians in making a diagnosis. Travelers are encouraged to inform their physicians of recent travel to the affected area and if they have been in contact with individuals showing symptoms of SARS.
Travel card warns people returning from three areas to monitor their health for at least three days. If they have a fever with a cough or shortness of breath, they are also advised to contact their doctor.
The CDC advises physicians and other physicians to watch out for the following travelers:
As of March 15, 2003, the CDC had received reports of SARS cases from Hong Kong and the Guangdong Province of the People’s Republic of China; Hanoi, Vietnam and Canada, Singapore and Thailand For this reason, the World Health Organization has issued emergency guidelines for travelers and airlines so that people with symptoms of illness can receive medical attention immediately and can attract the attention of the authorities. Public health. It is also recommended that these people do not travel when they are sick.
Has a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher; one or more symptoms of respiratory diseases, including cough, shortness of breath, shortness of breath, hypoxia (insufficient amount of oxygen reaching body tissues), X-rays show pneumonia or respiratory distress; &
One or more of the following:
History of travel to Hong Kong, Guangdong, China or Hanoi, Vietnam within three days of symptom onset;
Close contact with patients with respiratory diseases who have such a travel history. Close contact includes caring for SARS patients’ respiratory secretions and body fluids, living with them, or having direct contact with their respiratory secretions and body fluids.
Additionally, airlines must:
Remind passengers at the destination airport that they meet the case definition criteria;
Passengers arriving with symptoms should be referred to the health authorities for evaluation and care;
Passengers and crew members must be provided with the airport health authorities All contact information on how to reach the passenger within the next 14 days.
Aircraft passengers and crew must be informed that the person is a suspected SARS case;