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Posted: Monday, April 7, 2003 7:22 pm | Updated: 1:48 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

PHOENIX — A suspected case of the mysterious respiratory illness known as SARS has been reported in Arizona, health officials confirmed Monday.

A man, who recently traveled to Hong Kong, was hospitalized with a high fever and upper respiratory infection — two of the symptoms of severe acute respiratory syndrome.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the case further, said Department of Health Services spokesman Michael Murphy.

The patient was hospitalized in Maricopa County but was recovering Monday, said Doug Hauth, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Health Department.

Jonathan Weisbuch, director of county public health, said the general public does not appear to be at risk because of the suspected case.

‘‘At this time, the only people who could potentially be at risk are health care workers caring for patients with SARS and close family contacts,’’ he said.

Arizona had reported one other suspected case that fit the CDC’s criteria, but it was later determined that the patient had not been infected with SARS.

Worldwide, more than 2,300 people have contracted SARS. About 100 had died as of Monday.

There have been about 150 U.S. cases in 30 states with no deaths.

SARS has cropped up in places as disparate as Hanoi and Ontario after apparently originating in southern China.

SARS usually begins with a fever, sometimes with chills and headache and body aches. After two to seven days, patients may develop a cough. Other symptoms can include shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing and pneumonia.

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