Another Asian flulike
illness case reported

Star-Bulletin staff

Another health worker at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Kauai was ill with symptoms similar to the mysterious flulike illness known as severe acute respiratory syndrome, state officials said.

But the worker, who has recovered, most likely did not have the respiratory ailment, said state health department spokeswoman Laura Lott.

The worker, who was ill from March 8 to March 11, was the third suspected case in the islands. The other two cases were a Kauai resident who traveled to Hong Kong was admitted to the hospital with fever and mild respiratory symptons, and a health care worker who came in contact with her.

Lott said the second worker had a 101 degree temperature and displayed mild symptoms such as a sore throat and dry cough.

"It was mild and she wasn't hospitalized," Lott said. "The chances of it being SARS were highly unlikely."

None of three cases are believed to be severe acute respiratory syndrome, officials said.

State Health Department
U.S. Centers for Disease Control
Hong Kong Department of Health

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