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Limiting the transborder spread of SARS

Statement by Minister of State Dr Balaji Sadasivan

Let me start by stating the current situation in Singapore. The last reported SARS case not occurring in a defined setting was on April 14 or more than 20 days ago. The Communicable Disease Centre (Atlanta) has lifted its travel advisory on Singapore. There is only a travel alert now.

The date of onset of the last probable case of SARS in Singapore was on 27 April or 11 days ago. Things look much better today than they did two weeks ago.

This does not mean that we can let our guard down. SARS is a global problem and Singapore has instituted measures to minimize the transborder transmission of SARS.

Singapore has implemented measures to ensure that SARS is not imported or exported. At the Changi Airport, we are screening all passengers and crew departing from Singapore, as well as those arriving from SARS-affected areas, with thermal scanners.

With the availability of more scanners from mid-May, the temperature screening will be extended to all arrivals, including transit and transfer passengers. We are also progressively conducting temperature screening at the Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints, as well as the sea checkpoints.

All travellers arriving in Singapore are issued with health advisories on SARS and are asked to fill in health declaration cards. For any traveller who is detected through the temperature screening as having a fever, he/she is offered free SARS screening at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, similar to Singaporeans.

Should any traveller be diagnosed as a SARS case after being screened at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, contact tracing will be activated to establish his/her contacts quickly.

For Singaporean and foreign contacts with local residences, they will be issued Home Quarantine Orders. For foreign contacts who leave Singapore within 48 hours (the incubation period for SARS is 2-10 days), the relevant foreign authorities will be notified through the World Health Organisation, so that contact tracing there can be activated if necessary. More.....

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www.sars.gov.sg is the official SARS Web site in Singapore. It pools together SARS-related information from all Singapore Government sites and presents it for various local and foreign audiences. It also contains the latest SARS-related press releases and selected media articles.

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