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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).

May 07, 2003

May 07, 2003

Estimates of SARS death rates revised upward

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today estimated the overall fatality rate for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) patients at 14% to 15%, significantly higher than previous estimates. The agency estimated the rate for people older than 64 years to be more than 50%.

May 02, 2003

May 02, 2003

SARS case count tops 6,000; deaths exceed 400

(CIDRAP News) – The worldwide cumulative case count for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) topped 6,000 today with the addition of 207 new cases, including 176 in China, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Twenty-six more SARS deaths were reported, bringing the global total to 417.

Apr 30, 2003

Apr 30, 2003

CDC adds lab criteria to SARS case definition for surveillance

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials have revised their surveillance case definition for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) to include laboratory findings, but the revised definition should be used only for reporting, not clinical management, officials say.

Apr 29, 2003

Apr 29, 2003

WHO lifts SARS-related travel warning on Toronto

(CIDRAP News) – With the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak in Toronto cooling off, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will lift its advisory against travel to the city, effective tomorrow.

Apr 25, 2003

Apr 25, 2003

WHO: Vietnam may defeat SARS, and world has chance to follow suit

(CIDRAP News) – World Health Organization (WHO) officials today said Vietnam has not had a new SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) case in 17 days and could soon become the first country to contain the epidemic, even as the cumulative global case count took another sizable jump.

Apr 23, 2003

Apr 23, 2003

WHO extends SARS travels warnings to Beijing, Toronto

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today warned against unnecessary travel to Toronto, Beijing, and China's Shanxi Province because of the risk of contracting SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

The warning extends the WHO's Apr 2 advisory against nonessential travel to China's Guangdong Province and Hong Kong, the birthplace and epicenter of the SARS epidemic.

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