NEW YORK -- Concern in Taiwan that a case of SARS involving a
medical researcher could impact travel has prompted the Taiwan
Tourism Bureau to issue a statement in an effort to "clarify the
circumstances" of the incident.
C.T. Su, director general of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, said
news of the infected lab worker "has led to renewed concern and
numerous inquiries" made to Taiwan tourism operators.
"The recent SARS case involved a lab researcher whose infection
resulted from the mishandling of equipment. As such, the incident
did not occur under normal circumstances, but rather occurred under
conditions very similar to those under which a physician in
Singapore was infected in August... The experience of combating
SARS in April to June this year has amply prepared Taiwan to guard
against any future outbreak of SARS," the statement said.
Meanwhile, the 44-year-old scientist who became infected with
the virus is recovering, and five foreigners who sat near him on a
flight from Singapore to Taiwan have been located and told to
monitor their health.
No SARS cases have been reported among the people who came in
contact with the scientist, the World Health Organization said.
Still, Taiwan put 34 people in home quarantine and Singapore
isolated 75 people who had close contact with the scientist.
Singapore health authorities planned to lift its quarantine by noon
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