AUSTRALIA MONITORS TWO POSSIBLE SARS CASES

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Jan. 15) - Two women are being monitored in Australia for possible SARS infection.

The two air hostesses from China were admitted to a hospital in Sydney after showing SARS symptoms, including shortness of breath, rashes and high fever.

The New South Wales Health Minister, Morris Iemma, says the women have been isolated as a precaution and the State's health system is ready for any outbreak.

Chinese health officials in Hong Kong recently reported one confirmed case of SARS - the first since July last year when a global outbreak of the disease was considered contained.

January 15, 2004

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

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