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Toronto Star: We're clear! T.O. off SARS list

Old Jul 2nd 2003, 6:11 am
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We're clear! T.O. off SARS list

Health body congratulates Canada for fight against deadly virus

GENEVA (AP-CP) - The World Health Organization removed Toronto from its list
of SARS-affected areas today, saying Canada's largest city had contained the
virus.
"This is a great achievement for public health in what we hope is the final
phase of the global emergency," David Heymann, the WHO's executive director
for communicable diseases, said in a release.

"Toronto faced an especially challenging outbreak. As we have learned, SARS
is a difficult disease that produces many surprises and setbacks."

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien hailed the news, saying visitors should not
have any fears about returning to Toronto, whose economy has been hard hit
by the crisis.

"And now it's over so I hope that the people will return in great numbers to
the great city of Toronto," Chrétien said from Prague, where he was
participating in Vancouver's bid presentation for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Dr. Donald Low, who has been at the forefront of Toronto's fight against
SARS, greeted the WHO announcement with caution.

"We've been told this once before," he said in a telephone interview. "We're
not going to celebrate just yet ... (but) it's another step forward."

Still, he called it good news.

"It's good in that we hope that people outside of Toronto will feel a bit
more confident about spending sometime here."

The last probable SARS case was detected on June 12 and immediately
isolated. When 20 days, or twice the incubation period, have passed without
detection of a new case, the chain of transmission is considered broken.

Toronto had the largest SARS outbreak outside of Asia, with 39 deaths and
almost 250 cases. More than 27,000 people in and around the city were forced
into quarantine during the two outbreaks - one in March and April and the
second in May and June.

Although there have been no recent new cases, a number of people remain
critically ill and the death toll could rise. The latest death occurred
Sunday. The victim was a nurse - the first Canadian health care worker to
die from SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.

SARS is believed to have started in southern China and spread to other
places through air travel.

WHO advised travellers to avoid all but essential travel to Toronto on April
23. The advisory was lifted a week later after protests from all levels of
government in Canada.

On May 14 Toronto was removed from the list of areas with recent local
transmission, only to return SARS-affected status on May 26 after the virus
surfaced in a second outbreak.

Dick Thompson, director of communication for the WHO, called on Toronto
health officials to remain vigilant.

"I think the lesson has been learned that even though it appears that SARS
is under control, it can't be ignored," he said.

"Vigilance has to be maintained. Surveillance has to be high."

The WHO's announcement was a timely boost for officials from Vancouver who
were in Prague bidding for the right to host the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Taiwan is now the last area in the world to have a recent local transmission
of SARS.

"Only Taiwan remains on the list of regions with local transmission, and we
hope that shortly they will come off the list as well," Thompson said.

"So it means that this outbreak has been broken and brought under control."
 
Old Jul 2nd 2003, 6:40 am
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yeah right after 39 unfortunate deaths....and are there still SARS cases in
toronto....
    >Subject: Toronto Star: We're clear! T.O. off SARS list
    >From: "observer" [email protected]
    >Date: 7/2/03 2:11 PM Atlantic Standard Time
    >Message-id:
    >We're clear! T.O. off SARS list
    >Health body congratulates Canada for fight against deadly virus
    >GENEVA (AP-CP) - The World Health Organization removed Toronto from its list
    >of SARS-affected areas today, saying Canada's largest city had contained the
    >virus.
    >"This is a great achievement for public health in what we hope is the final
    >phase of the global emergency," David Heymann, the WHO's executive director
    >for communicable diseases, said in a release.
    >"Toronto faced an especially challenging outbreak. As we have learned, SARS
    >is a difficult disease that produces many surprises and setbacks."
    >Prime Minister Jean Chrétien hailed the news, saying visitors should not
    >have any fears about returning to Toronto, whose economy has been hard hit
    >by the crisis.
    >"And now it's over so I hope that the people will return in great numbers to
    >the great city of Toronto," Chrétien said from Prague, where he was
    >participating in Vancouver's bid presentation for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
    >Dr. Donald Low, who has been at the forefront of Toronto's fight against
    >SARS, greeted the WHO announcement with caution.
    >"We've been told this once before," he said in a telephone interview. "We're
    >not going to celebrate just yet ... (but) it's another step forward."
    >Still, he called it good news.
    >"It's good in that we hope that people outside of Toronto will feel a bit
    >more confident about spending sometime here."
    >The last probable SARS case was detected on June 12 and immediately
    >isolated. When 20 days, or twice the incubation period, have passed without
    >detection of a new case, the chain of transmission is considered broken.
    >Toronto had the largest SARS outbreak outside of Asia, with 39 deaths and
    >almost 250 cases. More than 27,000 people in and around the city were forced
    >into quarantine during the two outbreaks - one in March and April and the
    >second in May and June.
    >Although there have been no recent new cases, a number of people remain
    >critically ill and the death toll could rise. The latest death occurred
    >Sunday. The victim was a nurse - the first Canadian health care worker to
    >die from SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.
    >SARS is believed to have started in southern China and spread to other
    >places through air travel.
    >WHO advised travellers to avoid all but essential travel to Toronto on April
    >23. The advisory was lifted a week later after protests from all levels of
    >government in Canada.
    >On May 14 Toronto was removed from the list of areas with recent local
    >transmission, only to return SARS-affected status on May 26 after the virus
    >surfaced in a second outbreak.
    >Dick Thompson, director of communication for the WHO, called on Toronto
    >health officials to remain vigilant.
    >"I think the lesson has been learned that even though it appears that SARS
    >is under control, it can't be ignored," he said.
    >"Vigilance has to be maintained. Surveillance has to be high."
    >The WHO's announcement was a timely boost for officials from Vancouver who
    >were in Prague bidding for the right to host the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
 
Old Jul 2nd 2003, 7:24 am
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Read the paper.

"NorthernLigths25" wrote in message
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    > yeah right after 39 unfortunate deaths....and are there still SARS cases
in
    > toronto....
    > >Subject: Toronto Star: We're clear! T.O. off SARS list
    > >From: "observer" [email protected]
    > >Date: 7/2/03 2:11 PM Atlantic Standard Time
    > >Message-id:
    > >
    > >We're clear! T.O. off SARS list
    > >
    > >Health body congratulates Canada for fight against deadly virus
    > >
    > >GENEVA (AP-CP) - The World Health Organization removed Toronto from its
list
    > >of SARS-affected areas today, saying Canada's largest city had contained
the
    > >virus.
    > >"This is a great achievement for public health in what we hope is the
final
    > >phase of the global emergency," David Heymann, the WHO's executive
director
    > >for communicable diseases, said in a release.
    > >
    > >"Toronto faced an especially challenging outbreak. As we have learned,
SARS
    > >is a difficult disease that produces many surprises and setbacks."
    > >
    > >Prime Minister Jean Chrétien hailed the news, saying visitors should not
    > >have any fears about returning to Toronto, whose economy has been hard
hit
    > >by the crisis.
    > >
    > >"And now it's over so I hope that the people will return in great numbers
to
    > >the great city of Toronto," Chrétien said from Prague, where he was
    > >participating in Vancouver's bid presentation for the 2010 Winter
Olympics.
    > >
    > >Dr. Donald Low, who has been at the forefront of Toronto's fight against
    > >SARS, greeted the WHO announcement with caution.
    > >
    > >"We've been told this once before," he said in a telephone interview.
"We're
    > >not going to celebrate just yet ... (but) it's another step forward."
    > >
    > >Still, he called it good news.
    > >
    > >"It's good in that we hope that people outside of Toronto will feel a bit
    > >more confident about spending sometime here."
    > >
    > >The last probable SARS case was detected on June 12 and immediately
    > >isolated. When 20 days, or twice the incubation period, have passed
without
    > >detection of a new case, the chain of transmission is considered broken.
    > >
    > >Toronto had the largest SARS outbreak outside of Asia, with 39 deaths and
    > >almost 250 cases. More than 27,000 people in and around the city were
forced
    > >into quarantine during the two outbreaks - one in March and April and the
    > >second in May and June.
    > >
    > >Although there have been no recent new cases, a number of people remain
    > >critically ill and the death toll could rise. The latest death occurred
    > >Sunday. The victim was a nurse - the first Canadian health care worker to
    > >die from SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.
    > >
    > >SARS is believed to have started in southern China and spread to other
    > >places through air travel.
    > >
    > >WHO advised travellers to avoid all but essential travel to Toronto on
April
    > >23. The advisory was lifted a week later after protests from all levels
of
    > >government in Canada.
    > >
    > >On May 14 Toronto was removed from the list of areas with recent local
    > >transmission, only to return SARS-affected status on May 26 after the
virus
    > >surfaced in a second outbreak.
    > >
    > >Dick Thompson, director of communication for the WHO, called on Toronto
    > >health officials to remain vigilant.
    > >
    > >"I think the lesson has been learned that even though it appears that
SARS
    > >is under control, it can't be ignored," he said.
    > >
    > >"Vigilance has to be maintained. Surveillance has to be high."
    > >
    > >The WHO's announcement was a timely boost for officials from Vancouver
who
    > >were in Prague bidding for the right to host the 2010 Winter Olympic
Games.
    > >
    > >
 

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