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Qantas Statement on Probable Case of SARS

Sydney, 03 May 2003

The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Geoff Dixon, said today that a Qantas flight attendant had been placed in isolation at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney with what has been diagnosed as a probable case of SARS.

The flight attendant became unwell yesterday, Friday 2 May, and was admitted to hospital this morning.

She last worked on Qantas Flight 32 from Singapore that arrived in Sydney on Sunday, 27 April.

"The World Health Organisation has stated that there is no evidence of SARS being transmitted by people who are not presenting symptoms of SARS," Mr Dixon said.

"As a result of this information, we believe the flight attendant was not infectious when she worked on QF32 last Sunday.

"Nevertheless, as a precaution, we have decided to contact passengers and crew who travelled on that flight, and any other Qantas staff who had contact with that flight, to reassure them they should have no health concerns as a result of this case."

The flight attendant has not worked on any flights since 27 April.

Customers who travelled on QF32 between Singapore and Sydney on 27 April may contact Qantas on 13 13 13 should they have any questions.

Mr Dixon said Qantas was continuing to liaise with the relevant health authorities, including WHO, and is following directives issued by those authorities. All Qantas check-in and cabin crew are being vigilant and watching for symptoms of SARS.

Information about SARS, and the measures Qantas has put in place in relation to SARS, is available on the Qantas website at qantas.com

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (Q2912)
Email: qantasmedia@qantas.com.au