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Respiratory disease prompts travel concerns

A 60-year-old woman was diagnosed as the first suspected SARS case in Alachua County, and now one of her work contacts, a 47-year-old woman, is suspected of having SARS, state health officials said in a conference call Wednesday.*

The illness usually begins with a fever (measured temperature greater than 100.4°F). The fever is sometimes associated with chills or other symptoms, including headache, general feeling of discomfort and body aches. Some people also experience mild respiratory symptoms at the outset.

After 2 to 7 days, SARS patients may develop a dry, nonproductive cough that might be accompanied by or progress to the point where insufficient oxygen is getting to the blood. In 10 percent to 20 percent of cases, patients will require mechanical ventilation.**

Previous cases identified in the state involved only people who had traveled to countries that are SARS hotbeds and those travelers' family members, health officials said. Those countries include Vietnam and China, among others in the Far East.

 

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*This is a mock publication excerpted from The Palatka Daily News and the CDC**


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