[Air-l] Fwd: WHO Says Toronto No Longer SARS Infected

Steve Jones sjones at uic.edu
Wed Jul 2 08:22:58 PDT 2003

I know SARS has been a concern for some planning on attending the 
AoIR conference in Toronto in October, thus this is quite good news 
in that context (and for Toronto generally!).


>WHO Says Toronto No Longer SARS Infected
>Wed Jul  2, 6:40 AM ET
>GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Wednesday 
>Toronto was no longer SARS infected, leaving Taiwan as the only 
>place in the world where the disease was not yet fully under control.
>The announcement came after the Canadian city had gone the mandatory 
>20 days -- twice the normal incubation period -- without reporting a 
>new case of the potentially fatal respiratory sickness.
>According to the United Nations health agency, the flu-like virus 
>has infected 246 people and killed 35 in Toronto -- the only place 
>outside southeast Asia where people have died of SARS. Fear of the 
>disease and efforts to prevent its spread have hurt tourism and 
>economic growth.
>SARS, for which there is no simple treatment, originated in southern 
>China last November and has spread to 30 countries, killing about 
>800 people worldwide.
>If there are no new cases, Taiwan should be declared SARS-free on Saturday.

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