CDC issues new SARS guidance for business

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta has released two documents providing new guidance for businesses, universities, and other organizations that have employees from SARS-affected countries or expect to host visitors from those countries.

If a visitor from an area with SARS develops a fever or respiratory symptoms while in the United States, the CDC recommends locating them in a separate area to minimize their contact with other people while they await further medical evaluation.

It also recommends alerting health care personnel that individuals from SARS-affected areas require evaluation so that advance preparations can be made to implement infection control procedures to prevent transmission to others during transport and in the health care setting. Third, the agency reminds the treating health care provider to notify the appropriate state or local health officials if SARS is suspected. The documents are posted at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars/whatsnew.htm.