U.S. Notifies Travelers of New Illness
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ATLANTA - Travelers entering the United States after visiting any of the Asian areas affected by a deadly, new flu-like illness are being given cards alerting them to watch for symptoms.


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"During your recent travel, you may have been exposed to cases of severe acute respiratory disease syndrome. You should monitor your health for at least 7 days. If you become ill with fever accompanied by cough or difficulty in breathing, you should consult a physician," the card advises.


It instructs the traveler to save the card to give to a doctor in case symptoms appear.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (news - web sites) said the U.S. government began distributing the health alert cards Sunday at U.S. ports of entry. The cards are given only to those who have been to Hong and Guangdong province in China, and Hanoi, Vietnam.


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CDC information: www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars