Joint statement by the Department of Health and Children, National Disease Surveillance Centre and Eastern Regional Health Authority

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The Eastern Regional Health Authority's Department of Public Health is today (24 March 2002) investigating a probable case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in a person who has recently returned on a flight from South East Asia and who has shown symptoms similar to those of the disease.

The Western Health Board's Department of Public Health is continuing to investigate a probable case of SARS in a person who has recently returned on a flight from South East Asia and who has shown symptoms similar to those of the disease. The patient is still in hospital but is stable and improving.

The ERHA and the Western Health Board will continue to closely monitor the situation in cooperation with health professionals and the NDSC.

The expert group established by Mr Micheal Martin TD, Minister for Health and Children will continue to advise him of any further measures which may need to be taken as the situation develops.

The symptoms of SARS are a temperature of over 38°C, flu-like symptoms and a cough. This is relevant only to people who have been in the affected areas. The advice to the general public remains as before: people travelling to affected areas in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore and Guandong Province in China should be aware of the symptoms and seek medical advice should they become unwell during their trip or within 10 days of leaving
the area.

The NDSC, in collaboration with Departments of Public Health throughout the country, continues to conduct surveillance of SARS in Ireland.