East Texas Woman Isolated for SARS-like Symptoms

An East Texas woman is in isolation for the next ten days after coming down with symptoms consistent with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. But, local and state health officials don't want East Texans to panic.

They say they're erring on the side of caution since the Lufkin woman recently returned from Taipei, Taiwan where SARS has reached epidemic proportions. That combined with her early symptoms, fever and a cough, had health officials worried, but now they say there's now a slim chance it's actually SARS.

"Her symptoms have resolved," says Sharon Shaw, Angelina County Health District Director. "She's feeling much better. Her temperature is very very low, if monitorable at all and we feel real good about the situation."

Over the weekend the health department started contacting about 60 people who had been in close contact with the Lufkin woman. That included a singing group from Lufkin, who she accompanied to Marshall for a choir concert at the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church.

Dana Dixon Reporting