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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

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Due to current international concerns about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the following information about symptoms and procedures should be noted. A suspected case of SARS is defined as a respiratory illness of unknown origin with onset since February 1, 2003 and meeting the following criteria:

  • In the past ten days the person has traveled to an area affected by SARS (having cared for, lived with, or had direct contact with respiratory secretions and/or body fluids), and
  • Has one or more of the following symptoms: a temperature measured on a thermometer of greater than 100.4 or one or more symptoms of respiratory illness (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or chest x-ray findings of either pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome)
  • Telephone contact and/or a possible appointment for medical attention should be made with The University Health Clinic if diagnostic criteria listed in items one or two appears to be met by students, faculty or staff, or others. Their telephone number is 903.939.7870 ext. 4884. Questions can also be addressed by contacting The Department of Environmental Health and Safety at the University of Texas at Tyler at 903.566.7011 or the CDC SARS website.