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July 19, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Health officials said a change in the definition of SARS has reduced the number of U.S. cases of the illness by half. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its case definition of severe acute respiratory syndrome to exclude people whose lab tests turned up negative for the virus 21 days after the onset of symptoms. It said the number of suspect or probable SARS cases in the United States now totals 211, down from 418 on July 15.
June 11, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The first human clinical trials of a SARS vaccine are underway in China, where four volunteers have been injected with a prototype, the World Health Organization said. The trials, being conducted by the Chinese company Sinovac Biotech Ltd., will be expanded to include 32 more volunteers. About 150 scientists, researchers and public health experts from 30 countries held four days of talks on vaccine research in Montreux, Switzerland.
June 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The World Health Organization lifted SARS warnings against travel to mainland China except Beijing, in a further sign the potentially fatal disease is being tamed. But the WHO kept up its call to avoid unnecessary trips to the Chinese capital and to Taiwan because of lingering worries about severe acute respiratory syndrome. The U.N. agency also expressed concern about Toronto after a visitor from North Carolina became infected.
September 9, 2003 | From Associated Press
The government of Singapore said today that a man had tested positive for SARS but that it was awaiting a second lab result, and the World Health Organization said it was too soon to consider the "suspected" case the first sign of a renewed outbreak. If confirmed, the case would mark the return of severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed more than 900 people worldwide after it first emerged in November in China.
April 20, 2003 | From Associated Press
China's Education Ministry has advised millions of university students not to travel during the weeklong national holiday that begins May 1 in an attempt to contain the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, state-run media reported today. The SARS warning could lead to a more sweeping advisory to all citizens to stay at home during the vacation period -- an event designed to boost China's economy with a wave of domestic spending.
April 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
China said today that it had sealed off a SARS research laboratory in the capital after two lab workers contracted the disease and the mother of one died, marking the world's first such death this year. A nurse who cared for one of the lab workers is also suspected of having SARS and is in isolation, officials said. A virus control institute, part of China's disease control agency, was ordered sealed off, meaning people cannot go in or out, state media reported.
July 8, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Hong Kong's health secretary resigned to take blame for the SARS crisis that killed hundreds and caused months of uncertainty and fear in the territory. Dr. E.K. Yeoh became a rare political casualty in a territory where critics charge that top aides of Hong Kong's leader, Tung Chee-hwa, often avoid being held accountable for problems. Yeoh ran into trouble after a legislative report Monday blamed him for failures in the fight against severe acute respiratory syndrome.
August 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A 54-year-old doctor died of SARS, becoming the second person in Canada to die of the pneumonia-like illness this week. Nestor Yanga contracted severe acute respiratory syndrome in April, health officials said. Forty-three other Canadians have died of the illness, including a patient who died Monday. Eight people remain hospitalized with the disease in Toronto, six weeks after the city was removed from a World Health Organization list of infected areas.
June 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Toronto's death toll from the SARS virus rose to 31 when a 60-year-old woman died from the disease, and health officials were investigating whether five more deaths could be blamed on it. "I don't want to leave you with the impression that we're optimistic," Dr. Colin D'Cunha, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, told a news conference.
June 9, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Toronto reported two more deaths from severe acute respiratory syndrome, raising the Canadian toll to 33. The Ministry of Health in Ontario said a 66-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man had died. Toronto is the only place outside Asia where the virus has claimed lives. Worldwide, the virus has killed nearly 780 people and infected more than 8,400 in 30 countries.
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