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Aug 18, 2003

Aug 18, 2003

Rats may have played role in Hong Kong SARS outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The vector in the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak at the Amoy Gardens housing complex in Hong Kong last spring may have been roof rats, hypothesizes Stephen K. C. Ng of Columbia University School of Public Health in an article published in the Aug 16 issue of The Lancet. How the infection spread from the index case to more than 300 residents of the complex very rapidly has remained a mystery.

Aug 15, 2003

Aug 15, 2003

SARS developments in Canada and China

Aug 15 (CIDRAP News) – Two more deaths from SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) occurred this week in Toronto, one of them in a heathcare worker. That brings the total number of deaths in Canada to 44. Eight people remain hospitalized with the illness in Toronto.

Jul 11, 2003

Jul 11, 2003

SARS suspected in Texas air base personnel

Editor's Note: A correction was made to paragraph 5 on July 14.

Jul 07, 2003

Jul 07, 2003

WHO says SARS is contained worldwide

(CIDRAP News) – SARS is no longer spreading in Taiwan and therefore appears to be contained worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Jul 5.

The last probable SARS case in Taiwan and, for now, the world, was detected and isolated Jun 15, WHO officials said. After 20 days with no new cases in Taiwan, the WHO determined that the country was free of recent local transmission.

Jul 02, 2003

Jul 02, 2003

SARS in Toronto considered contained

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today removed Toronto from the list of areas with recent local transmission of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), leaving Taiwan as the only place where the disease is not officially contained.

Toronto had a 4-month, two stage SARS outbreak that was the largest outside Asia, with almost 250 probable cases and at least 38 deaths. The city thought it had beaten the disease once before.

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 23, 2003

Jun 23, 2003

Hong Kong declared free of local SARS transmission

June 23, 2003 (CIDRAP News) — The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Hong Kong free of local transmission of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) today, four months after the disease arrived from mainland China and began spreading through the city.

Jun 17, 2003

Jun 17, 2003

WHO drops SARS-related travel warning about Taiwan

June 17, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – Taiwan, one of the places hit hardest by SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), has been removed from the World Health Organization's list of areas to avoid, the WHO announced today.

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.

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