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SARS-related travel alerts lifted

No travel alerts related to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are currently in effect for the Princeton University community.

In July, following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University lifted travel alerts warning of a possible increased risk of SARS in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Toronto. Given the possibility that SARS could recur or reappear this coming fall or winter, as coronaviruses are known to do, the University will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Due to the changing nature of SARS, Princeton students, faculty, staff and visitors should contact Dr. Peter Johnsen , the University Health Services travel medicine specialist, upon arriving from or before traveling to any areas that have been affected by the virus. Dr. Johnson can be reached at johnsenp@princeton.edu or (609) 258-3141.

University community members are encouraged to regularly read the announcements and Emergency Info link on the Princeton home page for SARS-related updates.

Princeton in April had established a moratorium on University-sponsored travel to areas most affected by SARS, which was lifted two months later. President Shirley M. Tilghman approved the actions based on advice from the CDC and the World Health Organization and in consultation with University Chief Medical Officer Daniel Silverman.

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