ANNEX 6. Health Alert Notice
Below is an example of a health alert notice issued by a government, in this case by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, United States of America, for travellers arriving in the United States from China, Viet Nam
and Singapore. Countries need to develop their own SARS health alert cards, which are in line with their travel
and surveillance policies.
Health Alert Notice for International Travelers Arriving in the United States
From China, Vietnam, and Singapore
March 28, 2003, 10:30 AM EST
TO THE TRAVELER: During your recent travel, you may have been exposed to cases of severe acute respiratory
syndrome. You should monitor your health for at least 10 days. If you become ill with fever accompanied by cough
or difficulty in breathing, you should consult a physician. To help your physician make a diagnosis, tell him or her
about your recent travel to these regions and whether you were in contact with someone who had these
symptoms. Please save this card and give it to your physician if you become ill.
TO THE PHYSICIAN: The patient presenting this card may have recently travelled to China, Vietnam, or
Singapore where cases of atypical pneumonia have been identified. If you suspect atypical pneumonia (also
being called severe acute respiratory syndrome [SARS]), please contact your city, county, or state health officer
(see http://www.cdc.gov or call the CDC Emergency Operations Center 770-488-7100).
For public inquiries, call Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hotline: English 888-246-2675, Español 888-246-2857, TTY 866-874-2646.