The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on Saturday started distributing cards at airports getting flights returning directly from Hong Kong warning travelers returning to the United States from Hong Kong & Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China & Hanoi, Vietnam that they may possibly have been exposed to situations of extreme acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

The cards are getting handed out by quarantine officials at Chicago, O’Hare International Airport Los Angeles old York City, JFK International Airport Newark & San Francisco. These airports are the only U.S. airports getting direct flights from Hong Kong. No U.S. airports get direct flights from Hanoi or the Guangdong Province. CDC officials expect to expand the distribution of cards to Anchorage, Alaska & the territory of Guam later right now.

The cards also provide guidance created to assist physicians in creating a diagnosis by advising travelers to inform their physicians about current travel to the impacted regions, & regardless of whether they’ve been in speak to with people who displayed symptoms of SARS.

The travel cards warn these returning from the three places that they need to monitor their overall health for at least three days. they are also advised to speak to their physicians if they grow to be ill with a fever accompanied by a cough or difficulty in breathing.

The CDC advises physicians & other clinicians to be alert for travelers who:

As of March 15, 2003, the CDC had received reports of SARS situations in Hong Kong & Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China Hanoi, Vietnam & Canada, Singapore & Thailand. For that explanation the World Health Organization has issued emergency guidance for travelers & airlines so that persons displaying symptoms of the illness can obtain instant overall health care & can be brought to the interest of public wellness authorities. These people are also advised against travelling although ill.

Have a fever of one hundred.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater

a single or more symptoms of respiratory illness such as cough, shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing, hypoxia (deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching tissues of the physique), X-rays indicating the presence of pneumonia, or respiratory distress &

a single or a lot more of the following:

History of travel to Hong Kong or Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China, or Hanoi, Vietnam inside 3 days of symptom onset

Close speak to with persons with respiratory illness possessing the described travel history. Close speak to includes obtaining cared for, lived with, or had direct contact with respiratory secretions & physique fluids of a particular person with SARS.

Additionally, airlines need to:

Alert the location airport of any passengers meeting the case definition criteria

Arriving passengers who are symptomatic need to be referred to overall health authorities for assessment & care

The passengers & crew need to offer all get in touch with details for how passengers can be reached for the subsequent 14 days to airport wellness authorities.

Aircraft passengers & crew must be informed of the person’s status as a suspect case of SARS