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Patient still hospitalized in state's first SARS case

April 2, 2003

(Atlanta-AP) -- An 83-year-old woman from the Atlanta area remains hospitalized in what state health officials believe is Georgia's first case of severe acute respiratory syndrome.

The mysterious flu-like illness -- for which there is still no cure -- has killed 63 people worldwide. Out of more than 1600 SARS cases globally, 685 have been in Hong Kong. There have been no U.S. deaths. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta reports on its Web site that there are 69 suspected U.S. cases.

 The Georgia Division of Public Health said yesterday that the patient -- whom they declined to identify -- recently traveled with a tour group to mainland China. The person began experiencing mild symptoms a week ago and was hospitalized Friday.

A public health spokesman says the patient is expected to make a full recovery.

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