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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

Prevention

People traveling to areas infected with SARS should avoid close contact with infected individuals and should consider postponing their trip if there are reports of SARS in the area. In addition, travelers should observe precautions to safeguard their health such as frequent hand washing. If you develop symptoms of SARS after traveling to a SARS-infected area, do not go to a clinic or hospital without phoning first so that proper isolation precautions can be immediately taken to prevent spread of the disease.

People caring for individuals infected with SARS should observe the following precautions:

  • Be sure that all members of the household are washing their hands frequently with soap and warm water or using an alcohol-based hand wash
  • Wear disposable gloves if you have direct contact with body fluids of a SARS patient and wash your hands after contact with the patient
  • Wear a surgical mask when you have close contact with the patient
  • Do not share silverware, towels, bedding or other items that have been used by the patient
  • Clean surfaces such as counters and door knobs with a household disinfectant and wear disposable gloves during cleaning
  • Follow these instructions for 10 days after the patient’s fever and respiratory symptoms have gone away

People suffering from SARS should observe the following precautions:

  • Do not go to work, school or public areas
  • Wash your hands often and well, especially after blowing your nose
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough
  • If possible, wear a surgical mask when around other people in your home
  • Do not share silverware, towels, bedding or other items with other people in your home
  • Follow these instructions for 10 days after your fever and respiratory symptoms have gone away

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