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Health ministry issues SARS alert at borders

The Ministry of Health has asked tourist hubs and border provinces to be on the alert for the possible return of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).

It has called on municipal and provincial officials to work with health officials to monitor any signs of the disease, while customs officials will check visitors passing through immigration. The ministry has sent health workers to check all borders during the holidays of April 30 and May 1. It has asked the National Committee for SARS Prevention to get ready for providing manpower and finances if the disease returns. The response comes after a small SARS outbreak occured with two confirmed cases and six suspected ones in Beijing and the southern province of Anhui of China last week. The ministry’s warning is also a response to a warning, issued by the World Heath Organisation, that the virus that causes SARS was threatening Chinese provinces.

VNS - (05/05/2004)

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