- Solano County health officials have confirmed that a
new suspected case of SARS has been reported by the Kaiser Permanente Medical
Center in Vallejo.
- A Kaiser spokesperson said the hospital, which reported
the case Monday, is meeting all requirements in regard to suspected SARS
cases, and county officials say containment procedures are working.
- A spokesperson from the Solano County Health and Social
Services said that any hospital with a suspected case of SARS is obliged
to report it to the county's public health officer.
- Valerie Roberts Gray, Kaiser Vallejo's public information
officer, said the law prohibits her from confirming or discussing any specific
cases of any communicable disease. She did say, however, that Kaiser Vallejo
has reported, as required by law, at least two suspected SARS cases, based
on the protocol of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, in the very
recent past. Gray added that at least one of those was a "low probability"
case, meaning that person probably doesn't actually have SARS.
- "There is no definitive test for SARS at this time,"
Roberts Gray said, "so we are required to report any suspected cases
according to CDC protocol, based on risk factors like travel history and
- Roberts Gray said she couldn't say whether the reported
cases were among patients or employees, but said Kaiser officials are "being
very responsible and very responsive" in regard to suspected SARS
- Solano County Public Health Officer Dr. Tomas Charron
confirmed Wednesday that to date three people have been identified in the
county as suspected SARS cases according to the CDC case definition. Of
these three, one is listed as "probable" and two as "suspected."
- Charron said there has been only one confirmed SARS case
in California and none in Solano County.