Sars suspect says do not panic

A MAN suspected as having the virus Sars has called on the public to act responsibly by being aware of symptoms of the illness.The unnamed patient has been discharged from Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, after treatment for suspected Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars), said a hospital spokeswoman.

A MAN suspected as having the virus Sars has called on the public to act responsibly by being aware of symptoms of the illness.

The unnamed patient has been discharged from Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, after treatment for suspected Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars), said a hospital spokeswoman.

In a statement from the man, issued by the hospital, he praised the care he had received.

He added: "The way the media have sensationalised this outbreak has caused panic amongst those closest to me, which has been distressing for everyone involved.


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"Displaying the symptoms of Sars does not necessarily mean you're going to die, and my case is proof of that fact.

"The important thing to remember is that this country is geared up to deal with such a virus, but medical professionals rely on people acting responsibly, being aware of the symptoms and seeking medical advice quickly.

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"If you follow the advice issued, the virus can be better handled and, hopefully, positive outcomes like mine achieved."

The man was the fifth probable case of Sars in the UK.

He was admitted to the hospital on Saturday after being transferred from Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex, suffering from severe flu-like symptoms. The man returned from Taiwan on March 29.

There have been more than 2,500 suspected cases worldwide, with a concentration in Hong Kong. About 100 people have died as a result of Sars.

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