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April 11, 2003
For immediate release

Voluntary Quarantine Lifted

Health and Social Services

Chief Health Officer, Dr. Lamont Sweet, today announced that the family who has been in isolation in Prince Edward Island after returning from Southeast Asia has completed 11 days of voluntary quarantine in their home.

"The family members have not gone on to develop symptoms of probable Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, so I am able to lift the quarantine from the household," the Chief Health Officer said. "All members of this household can now return to the community without wearing masks. Students in the family can return to school on Monday and all adults can return to work tomorrow."

Dr. Sweet expressed his appreciation to the family for their cooperation in remaining under voluntary quarantine. "I would also like to thank the physicians, health care staff and Public Health Nurses who cooperated in the continued assessment of the members of this household throughout the past 11 days."

Although there are no new suspect cases of SARS on Prince Edward Island, the Chief Health Officer reminds Islanders that it is important they continue to remain calm, yet alert to the risks and symptoms.

Parents of students in schools or day cares, who have visited China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Viet Nam or Singapore within the past 10 days, should speak to the Chief Health Officer or a Public Health Nurse before sending their children back to a school or day care.

Anyone who has visited one of these countries, or who has been in contact with someone who has visited any of these countries, or has visited the Centenary site of the Rouge Valley Health System in Toronto since March 26, and is experiencing the following symptoms, a temperature of 38C or higher and cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, should call the local health centre, or emergency room, before seeking medical attention.

Islanders who are not at risk for SARS, but are concerned about SARS and want general information, can contact the Regional Public Health Nursing office, the Prince Edward Island Health and Social Services SARS toll-free inquiry line at 1-877-368-4532 or the Health Canada toll free line at 1-800-454-8302

"It is important that we maintain perspective and realize that, while SARS is indeed serious, all possible measures are being taken to prevent the spread of this disease," Dr. Sweet noted.

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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