F1 Journalist Not Infected with SARS

The Formula One paddock breathed a sigh of relief on Friday when the journalist suffering from a suspected case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was declared not to be suffering from the deadly virus.

F1 Journalist Not Infected with SARS

The Formula One paddock breathed a sigh of relief on Friday when the journalist suffering from a suspected case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was declared not to be suffering from the deadly virus.

The journalist, Sally Blower, British Formula One broadcaster and ITV's coverage organiser, was hospitalised on arrival in Brazil after travelling from Malaysia via the infected Singapore region.

Blower, who is still in hospital, is suffering from normal pneumonia and ITV commentator Martin Brundle told the company's website: "It has all been blown out of proportion. Sally is OK."

McLaren test driver Alexander Wurz, who was present at the Malaysian Grand Prix as the team's third driver, was also suspected to have contracted the virus but was cleared after tests.

Wurz, who has now fully recovered from his illness, told Austrian daily Kleine Zeitung: "When I came home to Monaco I was really ill. My physician heard I had been to Malaysia and sent me to hospital. They tested me and I was put into quarantine. I was in hospital for 24 hours until the most important blood tests were done and I was totally clear."

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