Taiwan gives all clear to lab technicians from possible SARS infection

The Taiwan CDC reported a suspected SARS fever case on a return trip from Beijing was sent to hospital on the night of April 24, 2004. The passenger's body temperature measured 38.2 degrees celcius on arrival at the airport. He was then sent to a nearby medical center for care and a SARS CoV test. The lab test results today show SARS CoV negative.

The patient will be discharged after 24 hours and advised to stay at home for a week.

The patient arrived in Beijing on April 19, 2004 with 6 colleagues. They visited the China CDC during April 20 to 23, but had no contact with the virology department or other lab workers and researchers. The group was aware of the SARS epidemic in Beijing and they informed Taiwan CDC before departing. The 6 colleagues have no SARS syptoms.

Taiwan CDC recommends that the general public should in the meantime avoid travel to China.


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