Suspected SARS Case in Memphis

May 15, 2003
Posted at: 5:40 p.m. CDT

MEMPHIS --  Memphis and Shelby County Health Department officials have identified the first suspected SARS case in Shelby County. A Memphis resident is suspected of having the SARS virus and one probable case in a Mississippi resident.

A Memphis-Shelby County Health Department press release states that there "is no risk to the general public from these individuals."

The release went on to say that "both individuals recently traveled to an affected area. Both individuals are not hospitalized, are being monitored by public health officials and are in good condition. Close contacts of the two persons are being notified and given health alert information."

Officials are not yet releasing the names or ages of the people involved.

According to the health department release SARS symptoms include:

*Fever, aches, dry cough and shortness of breath in a person who has either traveled to an affected area or has had close contact with a suspected SARS case .

According to the CDC the SARS illness meets the following conditions:

  • Fever of 100.4 ° or higher
  • Cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or abnormal chest x-ray;
  • Recent travel to Hong Kong; Taiwan, Guangdong Province in the People’s Republic of China; Hanoi, Viet Nam; Singapore; or Toronto, Canada within 10 days of the onset of symptoms; OR Close contact with a person with respiratory illness who is suspected of having SARS.

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