Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 77 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Mar-2003
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WHO coordinates international effort to identify and treat SARS
Yesterday, WHO stepped up several activities aimed at strengthening the international response to the recent emergence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). SARS is an infectious disease of unknown etiology characterized by atypical pneumonia (see WHO press release of 15 March and additional information at  more

Information for clinicians: Hospital infection control guidance - Care for patients with probable SARS
WHO advises strict adherence with the barrier nursing of patients with SARS using precautions for airborne, droplet and contact transmission. Triage nurses should rapidly divert persons presenting to their health care facility with flu-like symptoms to a separate assessment area to minimise transmission to others in the waiting room. Suspect cases should wear surgical masks until SARS is excluded.  more


CDC issues health alert notice for travelers to USA from Hong Kong, Guangdong Province and Hanoi
The Centers for Disease Control and 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 and Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China and Hanoi, Vietnam that they may have been exposed to cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).  more

Interim guidance for state and local health departments
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assisting the World Health Organization (WHO) in investigating an outbreak of a severe acute respiratory syndrome of unknown etiology. Cases have been reported in China (Guangdong Province and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region), Vietnam, Canada, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. This disease has been characterized by secondary transmission in the health care setting and within households. Most of the identified index cases have traveled to China and a few have had no reported contact with health care workers or sick patients while in China. Approximately 150 cases have been reported. Cases have generally had a brief incubation period (3-5 days). At least two suspect cases have traveled in New York City and Atlanta while symptomatic.  more

Guidelines for infection control in health care personnel, 1998
This guideline updates and replaces the previous edition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Guideline for Infection Control in Hospital Personnel,” published in 1983. The revised guideline, designed to provide methods for reducing the transmission of infections from patients to health care personnel and from personnel to patients, also provides an overview of the evidence for recommendations considered prudent by consensus of the Hospital Infection A working draft of this guideline was also reviewed by experts in infection control, occupational health, and infectious diseases; however, all recommendations contained in the guideline may not reflect the opinion of all reviewers.  more

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