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Eurosurveillance, Volume 7, Issue 14, 03 April 2003
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Citation style for this article: SARS: the situation in France - 3 April. Euro Surveill. 2003;7(14):pii=2199. Available online: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=2199

SARS: the situation in France - 3 April

Editorial Team (eurosurveillance@invs.sante.fr), Eurosurveillance editorial office.

Since an epidemic alert was released in France on 13 March (1), 216 people with symptoms of respiratory infection returning from Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, or Singapore were notified to the national Public Health Institute (Institut de veille sanitaire, InVS) (2). Of these, 201 were excluded after clinical, radiological, biological, and epidemiological evaluation of their compatibility with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

As of 3 April, 12 patients are still under surveillance. Three probable cases of SARS have been identified and are currently hospitalised in isolation. The first case was a traveller who returned from Hanoi (Vietnam) on 23 March. The date of onset of symptoms of the latter two cases was 26 March and 30 March respectively. Their link with other SARS cases is under investigation.

In France, the health authorities and the ministry of foreign affairs have advised against travel to Hong Kong and China (Beijing, Guangdong, and Shanxi provinces) and recommended postponing travel to other affected areas (3). Travellers returning from Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangdong,and Shanxi provinces in China, Taiwan, Hanoi, Toronto, and Singapore are asked to fill in an identification form upon arrival at the international Charles-de-Gaulle airport in France. A similar surveillance procedure was implemented for charter flights landing in other airports in France. People returning from south east Asia who develop respiratory symptoms with a fever above 38°C within ten days of landing are advised to contact the emergency on call service, and not to directly consult hospital emergency wards or their physician.

 

References :
  1. French Health General Directorate press release. (accessed 2 April at http://www.sante.gouv.fr/htm/dossiers/pneumapathies/index.htm)
  2. InVS update on the SARS epidemic in 2 April (accessed 2 April at http://www.invs.sante.fr/display/?doc=presse/2003/le_point_sur/sras_asie_030403)
  3. Advice to travellers, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (accessed 2 April at http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fcv/etrangers/avis/conseils/fiches/fiche.asp?onglet=1&pays=VIET%20NAM)

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