Woman with SARS symptoms hospitalized in Juneau

Posted: Sunday, June 08, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) A Canadian woman traveling aboard a cruise ship was hospitalized here on Thursday after medical officials say she displayed symptoms of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

She was aboard a cruise ship bound for Skagway on Wednesday night when she displayed symptoms consistent with SARS, state health officials said.

The woman was flown to Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau after the cruise ship docked in Skagway on Thursday. A traveling companion who has not shown symptoms of SARS is also in Juneau, state health officials said in a press statement.

Public Health Division officials believe there is a low probability that the hospitalized woman has SARS, said spokeswoman Kerre Fisher.

But the case meets criteria set out by the federal Centers for Disease Control and so precautions are being taken to minimize the risk of transmission to others, Fisher said.

State health officials will not identify the woman or the cruise ship in order to protect the woman's privacy, Fisher said. But they did say she had recently traveled through an airport in Toronto, where several confirmed cases have been reported.

No restrictions were placed on the cruise ship's continued itinerary.

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