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39 People Remain Quarantined Due To Possible SARS Exposure

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RALEIGH, N.C. — While fears over severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Orange County continue to subside, health officials say they cannot yet rule out concerns in Wake County.

At a briefing Monday, health officials said the Orange County man with the state's only confirmed case of SARS is out of isolation. The man's family and co-workers at UNC-Chapel Hill are also considered safe. Many health care workers were screened for the illness last week in Chapel Hill.

State health officials said autopsy results of a man who worked with the Orange County SARS patient should be available later this week.

James Reed, of Wake County, died of heart failure and pneumoniaFriday. He worked at the same UNC building as the Orange County SARS patient. He was admitted to Western WakeMed and was later transferred to UNC Hospitals where he died.

Initial tests on Reed were negative for SARS. State officialssaid that they have no reason to believe that autopsy testresults from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention willshow anything different.

As a result, 38 medical workers and one patient remain quarantined.

Citizens with SARS concerns may call the NC CARE LINE at

(800) 662-7030



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