the Emory community:
As everyone is undoubtedly aware, there is an understandable concern
within the Emory community and elsewhere about this new disease.
Because the safety and well-being of our faculty and staff is a
top priority, we have issued this advisory to provide general information
about SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and about Emory’s
approach to dealing with it.
Faculty and staff traveling from those areas identified by the CDC
or World Health Organi-zation as SARS-affected (which currently
include mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam and
Toronto, Canada) who have a fever or respiratory symptoms within
14 days prior to their scheduled departure will be asked to delay
travel and seek a medical evaluation before returning to the United
Faculty and staff who have reason to believe they may have been
exposed to SARS (for example, have been in the physical presence
of friends or relatives who were ill or have visited a place where
there were SARS cases) within the previous 14 days and/or have developed
SARS symptoms are urged to seek medical attention immediately, and
should call either their personal physicians or the Emory Hospital
Emergency Department at 404-712-7100
Please inform the operator or receptionist that you are a faculty
or staff member who may be ill with SARS, and ask to speak with
the attending or on-call physician. Follow that physician’s
instructions carefully, as there are specific procedures for evaluating
and treating SARS patients.
It is extremely important to note that patients with potential SARS
should NOT simply present themselves to the emergency room for care.
The attending or on-call physician will make arrangements for your
transfer to a health care facility for evaluation and treatment
in a way that protects your health and the health of other faculty,
students, patients and staff.
For further information, please see the SARS Information Update
page on the Emory website: www.emory.edu/WWW/SARS-statement.html.
Interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs
Executive vice president for health affairs and director of the
Woodruff Health Sciences Center