State Health Department Update on Possible Cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

No New Cases reported today in New York State

ALBANY, NY, May 9, 2003 – There have been no new cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) reported in New York State according to the latest report issued today by the New York State Department of Health. A total of 47 possible cases of SARS have been reported in New York State since the disease was first discovered in Asia. The number of possible cases for NYC has been adjusted down since yesterday's report from 22 to 21 cases based on a determination by the CDC.* The remaining 26 cases are in counties outside of New York City.

There continues to be no serious life-threatening illnesses among these 47 possible cases and there have been no secondary cases of SARS spread to household members or among health care workers. Only two patients are currently hospitalized, while all others have recovered or are recovering, among the 26 cases reported outside of New York City.

*Press inquiries regarding SARS cases in New York City should be addressed to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at 212-788-5290.