Exhibitors and attendees from areas affected by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) will not be prohibited from participating in The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas 2003, show organizers said in a statement. That decision is based on advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). JCK Show managers have plans in place to take additional precautions on short notice if the SARS situation warrants it.
“The security and safety of all participants is our focus,” says Dave Bonaparte, vice president, The JCK Shows. “We are heeding the advice and recommendations of the appropriate agencies in order to be prepared to follow any recommended measures. Furthermore, we will keep all of our constituents informed should we receive additional important precautionary information.”
According to current reports from the CDC and WHO, affected countries are screening airline passengers traveling to other countries. The Associated Press reports that Hong Kong’s airport has started taking the temperatures of departing passengers to help prevent the spread of SARS to other countries.
A Wall Street Journal story on the subject, dated April 14, 2003, reported, “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there is no evidence the illness is being spread within the U.S., noting that only a small fraction of those cases reported in the U.S. have occurred among people caring for or otherwise being in close contact with those who picked it up in Asia.”