"SEVERE ACUTE RESPIRATORY SYNDROME (..."
SEVERE ACUTE RESPIRATORY SYNDROME (SARS)
- fever above 38ēC, with muscle aches or breathing problems or dry cough;
- have traveled to Hong Kong, Hanoi or China, within 2 weeks of onset of the symptoms; or
- are in close contact with persons diagnosed with SARS (cared for, having lived with, or having had direct contact with respiratory secretions and body fluids)
"SARS is only infectious when..."
SARS is only infectious when there are symptoms, which only appear after the incubation period of between 3-10 days.
Transmission of SARS is only through close contact with infected persons.
There is no evidence to date that the disease spreads through casual contact.
Do take extra care with personal hygiene: wash hands frequently, avoid coughing or sneezing on others, and make sure that your accommodation is well ventilated.
"If you have the symptoms"
If you have the symptoms, but have had no contact with any SARS patient, see the UHS doctor
If you do not have any symptoms, but have been in touch with a SARS patient or family, or have been to the affected areas, please stay at home for 10 days. If you remain well, you are clear
"If you have the symptoms..."
If you have the symptoms and have been to the affected areas or been in touch with a SARS patient :
go immediately to the Accident and Emergency Dept of Tan Tock Seng Hospital
do not use public transport
Inform Ministry of Health: tel number 1800-225 4122 to, and University Health Services: tel number 6874-2880.
For more information and regular updates, please refer to
http://app.moh.gov.sg/new/new01.asp and http://www.who.int/csr/sars/en/