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TRENTON – With the spring holiday break approaching, Commissioner of Health and Senior Services Clifton R. Lacy, M.D., today urged New Jersey residents to avoid non-essential travel to certain parts of Asia because of the threat of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
to mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Hanoi, Vietnam, should be
avoided unless it is essential, because of the risk of acquiring SARS
in these areas,” Dr. Lacy said, re-emphasizing current travel advice
from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the
U.S. State Department and the World Health Organization (WHO). “The
CDC has issued no recommendations against traveling to Canada.’’
The first reported New Jersey suspect case, a 36-year old North Jersey female, was released from a North Jersey hospital on March 17 and has fully recovered. The second case, a 30-year-old North Jersey woman, was seen by her physician as an outpatient on March 30, was never hospitalized and is home recovering. The most recent New Jersey suspect case, a 36-year-old South Jersey female, was hospitalized in Pennsylvania on March 31 and is in stable condition.
According to the CDC, laboratory testing of blood serum from the first
New Jersey case revealed that the 36-year-old woman is one of five suspected
cases nationwide who have tested positive for infection with a novel coronavirus.
This virus has been implicated as the most likely cause of SARS thus far.
The positive laboratory tests are not conclusive evidence that the organism
is the cause of SARS. Additional specimens are being tested to learn more
about the coronavirus and its link with SARS. The results of the special
testing conducted by CDC were reported this week in the publication, Morbidity
and Mortality Weekly Reports.
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