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No signs of SARS in area

April 07, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Washington County has not had any patients showing symptoms of the mysterious SARS disease that has killed people in several countries, health officials said Friday.

Washington County physicians are watching for patients showing any symptoms of SARS - severe acute respiratory syndrome - but no problems have been spotted, Washington County Health Officer William Christoffel and Washington County Hospital spokeswoman Maureen Theriault said Friday.

The disease, which appears to have originated in China, has left 2,223 people sick and 78 dead worldwide. In the United States, 85 people from 27 states are suspected of having SARS, but no one has died, officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said.

All but seven of the U.S. patients had recently traveled to areas of Asia where the disease is spreading. Five lived with travelers, and two were health-care workers.

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The CDC is advising Americans to avoid nonessential travel to mainland China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore.




The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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