April 24, 2003
HONOLULU - Preliminary results from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) indicate that the original suspect case of severe
acute respiratory syndrome on Kauai was not SARS and as a result the
Department of Health (DOH) expects to see related cases also
DOH officials also reported one additional suspect case of SARS. The
individual, a man from Shanghai, China arrived in Honolulu April 22. He
was not ill at the time of travel but developed mild symptoms soon
after. He is currently isolated at home and in stable condition.
"The good news is that this person sought medical attention early
and that clinicians who treated him used appropriate disease control
measures", said Paul Effler, State Epidemiologist. "We are pleased that
the medical community is being proactive, but we want to urge the
public to do their part and monitor their own health especially if
they’ve been to infected regions".
Detailed information is also available through the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention at 1(888) 246-2675 or www.cdc.gov and via the World
Health Organization web site at www.who.int.
Laura M. Lott
Phone: (808) 586-4418