Press Release

Joint Statement from the National Disease Surveillance Centre, Department of Health and Children and Eastern Regional Health Authority – Both suspect SARS cases de-notified

The Department of Health and Children, the National Disease Surveillance Centre and the Eastern Regional Heath Authority have today (Thursday, 20 March) announced that both patients under investigation in Dublin for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) have been de-notified to the World Health Organisation as suspect cases.

It is now considered that there have been no cases of SARS in Ireland.

The expert group established by Mr Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Health and Children will continue to meet, monitor and advise as necessary.

The symptoms of SARS are a temperature of over 38°C, flu-like symptoms and a cough. This is relevant only to people who have been in the affected areas. The advice to the general public remains as before: people travelling to affected areas in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore and Guandong Province in China should be aware of the symptoms and seek medical advice should they become unwell during their trip or within 10 days of leaving the area.

The NDSC continues to conduct surveillance of SARS in Ireland.