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University lifts travel alert for Taiwan, July 17

Following actions taken by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Princeton has lifted a travel alert for Taiwan, where the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) appears to have been contained.

Taiwan was the last remaining area where travelers had been warned of a possible increased risk of SARS. Following CDC recommendations, the University this month also lifted travel alerts for mainland China, Hong Kong and Toronto.

Given the possibility that SARS could recur, as it did recently in Toronto, 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 Princeton home page announcements for updates. Following the lowered level of national security alerts and health advisories, the Emergency Preparedness heading has been removed from the home page. However, the Emergency Preparedness alerts and resources will continue to be available through links on the Administration and Campus Life pages.

Following CDC recommendations, Princeton in June lifted a moratorium on University-sponsored travel to areas most affected by SARS. President Shirley M. Tilghman had approved the moratorium in April 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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