SARS Temperature News
SARS scare in 2003 prompted many initiatives to reduce the rate of its spread
by monitoring people, especially travelers, for some symptoms. Elevated body temperature
is one of the easiest symptom to detect. An increased body temperature, or fever,
from the "normal" (98.6 °F or 37°C) is often a good clinical
indication of possible infection. It results from the body's increased metabolic
rate, an automatic response to infection. For information on the relation between
SARS and temperature see the FAQ on the SARS page on this
This page is aimed at providing a summary of reports found and the related types
of temperature sensors involved in 2004. An earlier page developed in 2003 is
archived under a slightly different name, sarsnews-03.html.
this is primarily an educational web site about temperature sensors, there may
be links to more details on the different types of sensors involved, where indicated.
Sensors and Thermal Imagers In SARS Counter Measures
(Note: Links indicated are to sources and
to more detailed information about temperature sensors)
(Reuters) - China placed its borders on an emergency footing against
SARS after finding the first two suspected cases. China's State Administration
of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine issued an order for quarantine
of anyone found with a fever at the border.
23, 2004, |
(Google News Cluster)
China Reports Confirmed SARS Cases-Steps up Screening
In Beijing, one person has reportedly died, apparently the first SARS fatality
in China since last July. Also 188 were quarantined and five reportedly had fevers.
Health workers were deployed on Friday at Hong Kong's airport and a railway station
to check the temperatures of passengers arriving from the Chinese mainland. Officials
on Friday isolated at least five other people who reported suffering fevers and
were monitoring many more.In Anhui, 117 people were quarantined and one person
showed symptoms of fever.
April 13, 2004-Orlando FL, USA
outbreak of SARS with infrared cameras", the title of a presentation by M.
Wu of Guangzhou SAT Infrared Technology CO. LTD, China, at ThermoSense XXVI describes
results of scanning 30,000,000 people in China between April and June 2003 and
successful detection of persons with SARS....MORE
at the ThermoSense Conference website
13, 2004-Orlando FL, USA
"Types of thermal imaging systems for mass fever
screening and their evaluation" A presentation from the Singapore Standards,
Productivity and Innovation Board at ThermoSense XXVI, discusses the equipment,
test methods for evaluation and the development of a technical Reference Document
that may lead to a new testing standard. MORE
at the ThermoSense Conference website.
April 13, 2004-Orlando FL,
"Development and deployment of infrared fever screening systems"
A presentation by M.J. Soo of Singapore's Defence Science and Technology Agency
at ThermoSense XXVI profiling the equipment and software developed to test travellers
for feverish conditions at Singapore's Changi Airport during the SARS outbreak
in 2003. MORE at the ThermoSense
April 13, 2004-Orlando FL, USA
" Infrared thermographic in identification
of human elevated temperature with biostastical and ROC analysis" A paper
evaluating the effectiveness of thermal imaging systems
used to conduct blind screening of humans with potential fever. Presented at ThermoSense
XXVI, by Dr. EYK Ng of Nanyang Technological University, SIngapore. MORE
at the ThermoSense website.
note The Temperature Sensors
Community Web Site, a companion site set up to enable direct inputs from
temperature sensor users and makers. Note that inputs are moderated for propriety
and excess zeal! It is freely available and "self service".