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WHO may declare Singapore free of SARS today

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The World Health Organisation  may declare Singapore free of SARS as early as today now that Health Minister LIM Hng Kiang has said that the 54 Institute of Mental Health (IMH) patients and staff warded at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) do not have SARS.

The Ministry of Health has now established that the fever contracted by the cluster of IMH patients and staff from 11th to 12th May 2003 is not due to SARs. A total of 54 persons comprising 34 inpatients and 20 staff from IMH were admitted to TTSH for observation for fever. All the patients were in stable condition. 

Since 16 May 2003, 25 have been discharged. So far, PCR testing for coronavirus has been negative in samples taken from 40 patients. Of 9 patients who were tested, 6 were positive for influenza B virus.

On 13th May, when the outbreak of fever cases amongst staff and patients were discovered, IMH and the Ministry of Health jointly decided that it would be prudent for all IMH staff to observe isolation for a period of 10 days from 14 May 2003 till 23 May 2003. The 1,600 IMH staff who were quarantined went home yesterday.

By going 20 days without any new infection cases, Singapore has fulfilled WHO's requirement for eligibility to be declared free of SARS.

We will update this column as soon as we receive confirmation that Singapore is no longer in WHO's listing of SARS-affected countries.

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