- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 23, 2003

BALTIMORE (AP) A woman visiting Baltimore from Hong Kong has been hospitalized with some symptoms of SARS but has not been diagnosed with the deadly disease, the city's health commissioner said yesterday.
The 26-year-old woman is "just short of a suspect case" of severe acute respiratory syndrome, Dr. Peter Beilenson said.
She has a cough and recently arrived from Hong Kong, he said. One of her cousins, a young boy, also is being treated as a precaution, though he only has a runny nose, Dr. Beilenson said.
The woman arrived in New York with three cousins on April 15 for a family event and began feeling ill the next day, Dr. Beilenson said. Because the woman had traveled from Hong Kong, her cousin, a doctor, was concerned, Dr. Beilenson said.
The woman is reported to be in good condition, and her relatives are staying home in isolation for three days.
"She didn't have symptoms when she arrived," he said. "But the last thing you want is a Toronto or a Hong Kong" type of situation. Incidents of the disease are rife in the two places.

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