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Berkeley to let in some from regions hit by SARS

College had said it would bar all students from four countries


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BERKELEY, California (Reuters) -- The University of California at Berkeley said Saturday that it will allow about 80 students from Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan to attend summer school, five days after saying all students from SARS-affected countries in Asia would be barred from the summer session.

The students, most of them from Hong Kong, will attend classes scheduled to begin May 27, Berkeley Chancellor Robert Berdahl told reporters at a news conference on campus.

The school is still barring more than 500 students from areas affected by severe acute respiratory syndrome who had been set to study English as a second language, he said.

The restrictions will be lifted if the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revises its warnings on travel to the affected countries, Berdahl said.

The university said last week that it would bar all students from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and mainland China during the summer session. (Full story)

The flu-like disease has killed hundreds and infected thousands, mostly in China and Hong Kong. The outbreak started in southern China and was spread around the world by air travelers.

The Berkeley summer students from the regions hardest-hit by SARS have given the school information attesting to their good health, said Peter Dietrich, medical director of university health services.

When they arrive on campus, they will be monitored for SARS symptoms, which include a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and respiratory problems, he said.

Students who show either symptom will be monitored for three days, and those who show both symptoms will be quarantined in campus buildings, Dietrich said.

The university, complying with CDC guidelines, is allowing only as many students from SARS-affected regions to attend summer classes as it could handle in quarantine, he said.



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