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
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.
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