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Jun 27, 2003

Jun 27, 2003

Suspected SARS case in Japan ruled out

(CIDRAP News) – A Taiwanese man who was thought to have the first case of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in Japan does not have the disease after all, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Japanese health officials told the WHO that laboratory testing showed the man has influenza B, according to a WHO statement. The 33-year-old man arrived in Tokyo Jun 21 and experienced a high fever and other symptoms 2 days later.

Jun 25, 2003

Jun 25, 2003

WHO cancels SARS warning on travel to Beijing

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday canceled its warning against travel to Beijing, site of the world's largest SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrom) outbreak, signaling that the disease is finally under control in the Chinese capital.

Jun 20, 2003

Jun 20, 2003

ACIP: Don't broaden smallpox vaccination program now

(CIDRAP News) – Because of the risk of heart inflammation, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended yesterday that the federal smallpox immunization program not expand now beyond smallpox response teams to the larger population of health workers and emergency responders.

Jun 16, 2003

Jun 16, 2003

WHO cancels some China travel warnings as SARS wanes

June 16, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has canceled its travel warnings for several areas of China in response to the steady waning of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) there.

Jun 02, 2003

Jun 02, 2003

SARS tests unreliable early in illness, WHO says

(CIDRAP News) – Available diagnostic tests for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) are not sensitive enough to reliably detect the SARS virus in the first few days of illness, a limitation that makes the disease harder to control, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

May 23, 2003

May 23, 2003

WHO lifts SARS travel warnings for Hong Kong, Guangdong

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today lifted its recommendation against travel to Hong Kong and China's Guangdong province, signaling that the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak is declining in its original strongholds.

Both places have fewer than 60 patients who are still infectious, and the average number of new cases per day has hovered at less than five in recent days, WHO officials said in a news release.

May 22, 2003

May 22, 2003

One SARS victim may have exposed thousands in Taiwan; ill CDC expert to come home

(CIDRAP News) – A hospital laundry worker in Taiwan who was sick for 6 days before he was recognized as having SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) may have exposed more than 10,000 people to the disease and helped derail Taiwan's previously effective containment effort, according to US health officials.

May 14, 2003

May 14, 2003

CDC: Don't cancel events drawing people from SARS-affected areas

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials say businesses and universities should go ahead with meetings and events, such as graduation ceremonies, that include travelers from areas affected by SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

May 13, 2003

May 13, 2003

WHO sees signs that SARS can be contained

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today expressed closely guarded optimism that SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) can be contained.

"Experiences in a growing number of countries indicate that the disease can be contained, thus supporting WHO's overall objective: to prevent SARS from becoming widely established as another new disease in humans," the organization said in its online update.

May 09, 2003

May 09, 2003

Most SARS cases in Singapore traced to five 'super spreaders'

(CIDRAP News) – Just five "super spreaders" infected most of the people who contracted SARS in Singapore, but most of those infected did not spread the disease to anyone else, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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