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Airline Employees Push For SARS Guidelines

Pilots and flight attendants are pressing for guidelines on how to react the next time passengers develop symptoms of the mystery illness known as SARS. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control say they are working with airline and cruise ship associations to standardize a response.

The illness, referred to as SARS, has killed at least 82 people in Asia and Canada and sickened at least 2,200 more. New guidelines should be ready within days, CDC officials said earlier this week.

Earlier this week, an American Airlines flight from Tokyo to San Jose radioed that there may be five suspected SARS cases on board. Local public health officials scrambled to respond, only to learn that none of the passengers had the illness.