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Travel to SARS areas discouraged

Posted 05/05/03, by Laurel Stavis

Information updated on websites by College and CDC

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) continues to spread throughout the world. Following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), Dartmouth administrators and health officials are urging members of the campus community to be aware of the symptoms of SARS and to heed travel advisories.

John Turco, the Director of Dartmouth's College Health Services, will give a presentation on SARS at noon on Monday, May 5, in Alumni Hall of the Hopkins Center.

Turco wrote an April 22 memo to the community to reinforce the CDC recommendations. The CDC has issued an advisory suggesting that people postpone their travel to mainland China and Hong Kong; Singapore; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Toronto, Ontario. In the memo, Turco urged all Dartmouth staff members and faculty members to follow the CDC travel guidelines. Up-to-date information on SARS is posted regularly on the Dartmouth website.

Turco also said that faculty members, staff members and students who have recently traveled in or through mainland China; Hong Kong; Hanoi, Vietnam; Singapore or Toronto, Ontario should be aware of the early symptoms of SARS, which include fever, head and body aches, and a cough.

People who have traveled in these areas and who develop these symptoms should seek medical attention. Faculty members and staff members are encouraged to contact their primary care physicians with questions or concerns about SARS. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms and has traveled to one of the affected areas should seek medical evaluation immediately, either by contacting his or her primary care physician or the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center emergency room. Call the main number at DHMC at 650-5000 and ask for Emergencies. Students can visit Dick's House or call 650-1484 for all medical questions.

"Dartmouth routinely attracts visitors from around the world," said Barry Scherr, Provost.

"In the coming months, we will host Commencement and reunion events welcoming thousands of alumni, students and their families to our campus, some traveling from great distances. We hope this information and the updates on our website will be helpful to those traveling to campus or who are expecting family members to visit." More detailed information about SARS can be found at the CDC website.

-Laurel Stavis

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