SARS Travellers Health Guide per CDC by Mahboob ali khan MHA,CPHQ .


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SARS Travellers Health Guide per CDC by Mahboob ali khan MHA,CPHQ .

  1. 1. 1SARS Protection Travelers Health Guide on CDC Guidelines. By Mahboob ali khan MHA, CPHQ USA.TRAVELLERS HEALTH GUIDENovel (New) Corona virus in the Arabian PeninsulaBy.Mr.Mahboob Ali khan MHA, CPHQ USA HARVARDWhat Is the Current Situation?As of May 2013, a total of 40 people in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, the United Kingdom (UK),the United Arab Emirates, and France were confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by anovel (new) corona virus. Twenty of these 40 people died.In the UK, an infected man likely spread the virus to two family members. He had recentlytraveled to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and got sick before returning to the UK. In Saudi Arabia,two health care providers were infected after caring for patients who had novel corona virus.Clusters of cases in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UK, and France are being investigated. For moreinformation, seeCDC does not recommend that anyone change their travel plans because of these cases of thenovel corona virus. CDC recommends that US travelers to countries in or near the ArabianPeninsula monitor their health and see a doctor right away if they develop fever and symptoms oflower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath. They should tell the doctor abouttheir recent travel.What Is a Corona virus?Corona viruses are a cause of the common cold. A corona virus also was the cause of the severerespiratory illness called SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). SARS caused a globalepidemic in 2003, but there have not been any known cases of SARS since 2004. This novelcorona virus is not the same corona virus that caused SARS.What Is Known About Novel Corona virus?The novel corona virus is different from any other corona virus that has been previously found inpeople. In the UK, the virus likely spread from an infected person to two family members.Symptoms of novel corona virus infection have included fever, cough, and shortness of breath.CDC is working with WHO and other partners to understand the public health risks from thisvirus.How Can Travelers Protect Themselves?Taking these everyday actions can help prevent the spread of germs and protect against colds,flu, and other illnesses:Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use analcohol-based hand sanitizer.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  2. 2. 2SARS Protection Travelers Health Guide on CDC Guidelines. By Mahboob ali khan MHA, CPHQ USA.Avoid close contact with sick people.Be sure you are up-to-date with all of your shots, and if possible, see your healthcareprovider at least 4–6 weeks before travel to get any additional shots. Visit CDC’sTravelers Health website for more information on healthy travel.If you are sicko Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue inthe trash.o Avoid contact with other people to keep from infecting them.When Should Someone See a Health Care Provider?You should see a healthcare provider if you develop a fever and symptoms of lower respiratoryillness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 10 days after traveling from countries in ornear the Arabian Peninsula*. You should tell the healthcare provider about your recent travel.Clinician Information:Health care providers should be alert to patients who develop severe acute lowerrespiratory illness (e.g., requiring hospitalization) within 10 days after traveling fromcountries in the Arabian Peninsula* or neighboring countries, excluding those whotransited at airports.Consider other more common causes of respiratory illness, such as influenza.Evaluate patients using the CDC’s case definitions and guidanceImmediately report patients with unexplained respiratory illness and who meet CDC’scriteria for ―patient under investigation‖ to CDC through the state or local healthdepartment.Consider evaluating patients for novel corona virus infection who:o develop severe acute lower respiratory illness of known etiology within 10 daysafter traveling from the Arabian Peninsula, but who do not respond to appropriatetherapyo develop severe acute lower respiratory illness who are close contacts of asymptomatic traveler who developed fever and acute respiratory illness within 10days of traveling from the Arabian Peninsula.*See additional recommendations and guidance on CDC’s novel corona virus website.Contact your state or local health department if you have any questions.Additional Information:CDC Novel Corona virusWHO Novel Corona virus Infection—UpdateNovel Corona virus 2012, Health Protection Agency*Countries in and near the Arabian Peninsula: Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait,Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates(UAE), and Yemen.....