Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 110 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Apr-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Apr-2003
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Updated interim U.S. case definition of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) --- April 18, 2003, 2:30 PM ET
The Centers for Disease control updated the case definition of Sever Acute Respiratory Syndrome on April 18, 2003. The new case definition is notable for two reasons. The first of which, is that Toronto, Canada, has now been listed as an area where documented or suspected community transmission of SARS has occurred. The second change is that the United States in now recognizing probable SARS cases. The official CDC stance previously was that all SARS cases in the U.S. were only suspect cases.  more

Interim guidelines about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) For airline flight crew members
According to principles of health-care infection control, in a health-care-related emergency, flight crew personnel should wear disposable gloves for direct contact with blood or body fluids of any passenger. However, gloves are not intended to replace proper hand hygiene. Immediately after activities involving contact with body fluids, gloves should be carefully removed and discarded and hands should be cleaned. Gloves must never be washed or reused. more


WHO health briefing on Iraq
The World Health Organization is receiving increasingly detailed information about the evolving status of the health system in Iraq, as a result of ongoing assessments in several locations. This allows WHO to continue building a fuller picture which helps target assistance for the Iraqi people, including specific lists of the health supplies needed.  more

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): Update on Hong Kong and China, first SARS case reported in India
Hong Kong: investigation of Amoy Gardens cluster, The Hong Kong Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works, in collaboration with eight other government agencies, has released the results of an extensive investigation of an unusual cluster of SARS cases concentrated in the Amoy Gardens housing estate.  more

SARS: Availability and use of laboratory testing
A cellular receptor that balances the accumulation of fat and fat burning in the body may be a new target for anti-obesity and cholesterol-fighting drugs, according to a Salk Institute study.  more

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