CDC Issues Health Alert Notice For Travelers To USA From Hon

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on​ Saturday began distributing cards at​ airports receiving flights returning directly from Hong Kong warning travelers returning 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​ severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

The cards are being handed out 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 receiving 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 also offer guidance designed to​ assist physicians in​ making a​ diagnosis by advising travelers to​ tell their physicians about recent travel to​ the​ affected regions,​ & whether they've 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're also advised to​ contact their physicians if​ they become ill with a​ fever accompanied by a​ cough or​ difficulty in​ breathing.

The CDC advises physicians & other clinicians to​ be alert for travelers who:

As of​ March 15,​ 2003,​ the​ CDC had received reports of​ SARS cases in​ Hong Kong & Guangdong Province,​ People's Republic of​ China; Hanoi,​ Vietnam & Canada,​ Singapore & Thailand. For that reason the​ World Health Organization has issued emergency guidance for travelers & airlines so that persons displaying symptoms of​ the​ illness 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​ respiratory illness including cough,​ shortness of​ breath,​ difficulty in​ breathing,​ hypoxia (deficiency in​ the​ amount of​ oxygen reaching tissues of​ the​ body),​ X-rays indicating the​ presence of​ pneumonia,​ or​ respiratory distress; &

one or​ more of​ the​ following:

History of​ travel to​ Hong Kong or​ Guangdong Province,​ People's Republic of​ China,​ or​ Hanoi,​ Vietnam within three days of​ symptom onset;

Close contact with persons with respiratory illness having the​ described travel history. Close contact includes having cared for,​ lived with,​ or​ had direct contact with respiratory secretions & body fluids 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 14 days to​ airport health authorities.


Aircraft passengers & crew should be informed of​ the​ person's status as​ a​ suspect case of​ SARS;
CDC Issues Health Alert Notice For Travelers To USA From Hon CDC Issues Health Alert Notice For Travelers To USA From Hon Reviewed by Henda Yesti on July 19, 2018 Rating: 5

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