Singapore reports SARS case

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore health officials said a local man tested positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), in what appears to be an isolated case of the pneumonia-like virus.

Singapore has been on alert against a possible second outbreak of SARS, which killed 33 people in Singapore and more than 800 people globally.

Singapore's last reported case of SARS was in early May, and the World Health Organization took Singapore off a list of SARS-affected regions on May 31. The WHO declared the global outbreak contained on July 5.

Singapore health officials were screening people who might have had contact with the man, who was tested for SARS after showing signs of the disease while trying to enter Singapore General Hospital. The man was scheduled for further testing.

As a precaution against SARS, patients entering Singapore hospitals must have their temperature taken. Fever is an early symptom of SARS.

To contact reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to [email protected].

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