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TV cameraman falls ill;SARS infection suspected

A cameraman at a local cable television station was suspected to have caught SARS after showing a high fever, stirring fears among his colleagues.

Five of his family members, including his wife who is an anchorwoman at a rival station, and two of his fellow workers have been put under quarantine.

The cameraman, surnamed Liu and an employee of Eastern Television, had a temperature of higher than 38 degrees Celsius but his lung tissue has shown no unusual changes, the National Taiwan University Hospital said. Liu is currently under observation in hospital.

According to Eastern Television, Huang recently had visited offices of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Center for Disease Control. But officials at the Taipei city government’s health bureau said Liu should not have been caught SARS, if he is tested positive for the virus, at these two places, which have reported no SARS cases lately.

Chen Chien-jen, chief of the DOH, said Liu is so far just a suspected case, and there is no need for panic since, taking Friday as an example, only 1.5 percent of the suspected cases were actually positive for SARS.

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