There is no SARS outbreak in France. In Hong Kong, people no longer have to wear masks. The situation seems now under control. The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is called in french : pneumopathie atypique or Syndrôme respiratoire aigu sévère (SRAS) , France follows closely the guidelines of the W.H.O (World Heath Organization). There is no quarantine.The official recommandations for incoming passengers are the following :
DIRECTION GENERALE DE LA SANTE
Message about the "severe acute respiratory syndrome" (SARS)
You are travelling from an area affected by the epidemic of "severe acute respiratory syndrome". You might have been in contact with a contagious person.
In all cases, it is necessary to monitor your health for the next 10 days. This syndrome usually begins with fever (< 38° C or 100,4° F) associated with cough or difficulty in breathing, and often headache, malaise, muscular pains, or possibly diarrhoea.
If you become ill (fever or respiratory troubles), you have to contact without delay the emergency medical service (SAMU) by dialling 15 wherever in France and mention your recent arrival from an affected area designated by the World Health Organization.
If you become ill during the flight, you must report it immediately to a cabin crew member in order for them to take appropriate measures to protect other passengers and to organize a medical care at your arrival as well.
You can contact a free hotline in France for more information by dialing: 0800 150 160 (French speaking)07 mai 2003
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