CONTAMINANT: SEVERE ACUTE RESPIRATORY SYNDROME (SARS)
ORGIN: Moldex Technical Services Department
DATE: June 26, 2003
REVIEWED/UPDATED: March 2010
The CDC and the World Health Organization have reported a respiratory illness of unknown cause called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Symptoms are flu-like such as fever, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. Some deaths have been reported with this illness. Cases have been reported in China, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and other countries. It appears that some healthcare workers that have had close contact with patients having this illness have also become infected.
The CDC has issued various health advisories on this illness.Advisories include infection control measures for patient care in hospitals including, but not limited to, “Airborne precautions (including an isolation room with negative pressure relative to the surrounding area and use of an N-95 respirator for persons entering the room).”
Moldex® urges those who wish to consider the use of respiratory protection to refer to the latest CDC advisories on this illness.These can be found on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/sars/
SARS: CDC Interim Information and Recommendations for Health Care Providers (5/1/2003)
Questions and Answers on SARS (6/10/2003)
WARNING: The information contained in this Tech Brief is dated and was accurate to the best of Moldex’s knowledge, on the date above. It is not meant to be comprehensive, nor is it intended to be used in place of the warning/use instructions that accompany Moldex respirators. Outside of the USA, check with all applicable and local government regulations.
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