Dublin hospital investigating suspect case of SARS


The Department of Health and Children and the National Disease Surveillance Centre have this evening (18 March 2003) confirmed that a Dublin hospital is investigating a suspect case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). 

A person, who recently returned on a flight from South East Asia has shown mild symptoms similar to those of the disease, but is otherwise well and is continuing to receive treatment. 

The ERHA's Department of Public Health is investigating the case, and will continue to closely monitor the situation in co-operation with the hospital and the NDSC. The investigation follows a global alert by the World Health Organisation at the weekend about outbreaks of SARS in East and South East Asia. 

The NDSC and the Department have developed and disseminated guidance to hospitals and professionals in the health services describing this syndrome and offering advice as to how suspected cases should be dealt with. The Minister, Mr Micheal Martin, has established an expert group to monitor the situation and to advise him of any further measures which may need to be taken as the situation develops. The group will have its first meeting tomorrow at 10am.