Vidyya Medical News Service
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Volume 5 Issue 76 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Mar-2003
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CDC issues health alert about atypical pneumonia
In response to reports of increasing numbers of cases of an atypical pneumonia that the World Health Organization (WHO) has called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced several steps to alert US health authorities at local and state levels.  more

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Interim Information and Recommendations for Health Care Providers - Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization have received reports of patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) from Canada, China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The cause of these illnesses is unknown and is being investigated. Early manifestations in these patients have included influenza-like symptoms such as fever, myalgias, headache, sore throat, dry cough , shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing. In some cases these symptoms are followed by hypoxia, pneumonia, and occasionally acute respiratory distress requiring mechanical ventilation and death. Laboratory findings may include thrombocytopenia and leukopenia. Some close contacts, including healthcare workers, have developed similar illnesses. In response to these developments, CDC is initiating surveillance for cases of SARS among recent travelers or their close contacts.  more

 


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World Health Organization issues emergency travel advisory
During the past week, WHO has received reports of more than 150 new suspected cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), an atypical pneumonia for which cause has not yet been determined. Reports to date have been received from Canada, China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.  more

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Ontario issues alert about four cases of atypical pneumonia
Dr. Karim Kurji, on behalf of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Colin D'Cunha, today took steps to alert physicians, hospitals, ambulance services and public health units across the province that there are four cases of atypical pneumonia in Toronto that have resulted in two deaths.  more

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Practice guidelines for the management of community-acquired pneumonia in adults
These guidelines are provided to help clinicians, should they come across a case of SARS. These guidelines for the management of community-acquired pneumonia were issued on behalf of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in April 1998. The present version represents a revision of these guidelines issued in February 2000; updates at 6- to 12-month intervals are anticipated. A summary of these guidelines follows.  more

 
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