Mon, Jul 14, 2003
So Far, Though, All Tests Negative
When you think of SARS
outbreaks, you think about places like Hong Kong, Beijing and
Toronto. Seldom do you expect the deadly flu-like disease to pop up
here in the United States. Now, however, 11 people are under
quarantine at Dyess AFB (TX), suspected of contracting the
"At this time, no one has been diagnosed as having SARS," said
Lt. Jennifer Donovan at the base in Abilene. She declined to say
whether those in quarantine were military or civilian personnel.
Some of the possible victims have reportedly shown signs of
infection. Some had been attending a military function in Ontario
before the Canadian province was removed from the World Health
Organization's list of cities where the disease was known to have
"There is no cause for alarm," Donovan said. "We would like to
take extra precautions in order to ensure the safety of the people
of Dyess and of the general population."
A Little Sensitive Up North?
Ontario Premier Ernie
Eves said he thought it was pretty unlikely those quarantined at
Dyess were infected with SARS.
"I am concerned that people act and do things before they have
the facts," Eves said. "I certainly don't think anyone should jump
to conclusions that it is in any way, shape or form SARS or that it
in any, way, shape or form originated in a two-hour stay in
(Toronto's) Pearson International Airport."
SARS has killed thousands of people around the world. None of
them, however, has been in the United States.
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