(April 3, 2003) -- At 7:30 a.m. PST today, the Centers for Disease Control posted a web page with advice -- some very blunt -- for travelers concerning SARS (Severe Atypical Respiratory Syndrome), the serious flu/pneumonia that has taken lives in Hong Kong, Vietnam and China...and has now spread to parts of Canada and the U.S.
Among other things, the CDC page states, "Donít go to mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Hanoi, unless you really have to."
CDC's advice to travelers page is heavily hyperlinked, and we post a link to it at: CDC Advice to Travelers.
The CDC reports that as of April 2, CA reported 24 cases of SARS -- the highest number of any state. On March 21, CA had only six suspected cases.
On March 31, L.A. County's Dept. of Health Services tallied 7 cases in L.A. County; on March 17, L.A. County reported investigating only one suspected case.
The CDC website (www.cdc.gov) devotes a special page and detailed information on SARS at CDC detailed information on SARS.
Readers should check the CDC SARS page for updates on this rapidly developing story.