AUSTRALIA REPORTS FOURTH PROBABLE SARS CASE

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 23) - Australian
health authorities have been in touch with the World Health Organization again
to report the fourth probable case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

Four other Australians are still under medical investigation for
the virus.

Health authorities have informed the WHO of a 45-year-old woman
from the state of Queensland who they suspect had SARS after returning from
Southern China.

She has now recovered, as have three children visiting the state
of Victoria from Canada who have also been reported to the WHO as probable SARS
cases.

Four other people remain under medical supervision in Australian
hospitals, including a 57-year-old woman in the state of Western Australia, and
a nine-year-old boy in the state of New South Wales, and two adult men in the
state of South Australia.

South Australian doctor Rod Givney says it is difficult to
determine if the two men are carrying the disease.

"Our diagnostic tests are in a very rudimentary state - we
really can't rely on them," Givney said.

A further 14 airline passengers were identified for medical
assessment, but have been cleared of carrying the virus.

April 24, 2003

Radio Australia: http://abc.net.au/ra

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