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University of Iowa News Release

Release: April 24, 2003

Web Page Offers SARS Information, Resources

University of Iowa Health Care has developed a Web site that provides up-to-date information on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The Web site, at http://www.uihealthcare.com/news/sars/, is designed to answer basic questions about SARS and to provide resources to those seeking additional information.

According to UI Vice President for Health Affairs Robert P. Kelch, the Web site was developed for two reasons. "The University of Iowa is a health care resource for all Iowans," Kelch said. "Physicians around the state, as well as the general public, seek out our experts when new health challenges such as SARS arise. Our infectious diseases division and our epidemiologists are following the SARS issue very closely.

"The second reason we developed this Web site is because the University of Iowa is truly an international institution. Our faculty, staff and students travel around the world in their work, and many international scholars come to Iowa every year. We think it is very important to provide accurate, up-to-date information for members of the university community who may be planning a trip abroad."

Kelch noted that while there have been no confirmed cases of SARS reported in Iowa, it is prudent to be ready for any possibility. "It goes without saying that being prepared makes dealing with something like SARS much easier. Information is power and we're committed to providing Iowans with the best information possible."

The Web site provides answers to frequently asked questions about SARS as well as related Web links agencies such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT: Steven Maravetz, (319) 335-8037, steven-maravetz@uiowa.edu