January 7, 2004 |
China's first confirmed SARS patient of the season has recovered and will leave the hospital Thursday, the government said. Doctors say the 32-year-old television producer from the southern province of Guangdong has had no fever since Dec. 24, the official New China News Agency reported. In the Philippines, meanwhile, health officials said tests showed that a woman who was suspected of having severe acute respiratory syndrome after returning from Hong Kong on Dec. 20 actually had pneumonia.
September 10, 2003 |
Singapore said tests had confirmed that a 27-year-old medical researcher had SARS -- the first case since the illness was reported contained in June -- but the World Health Organization said it wanted more tests. WHO spokesman Dick Thompson stressed that he was not casting doubt on Singapore's results. "We are urging that people take necessary precautions as if this were SARS, but at this moment it doesn't fit the clinical definition," he said. Singapore will send samples to the U.S.
July 19, 2003 |
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 |
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 |
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.
April 19, 2003 |
Insurers have begun excluding SARS virus coverage from policies written for sponsors of special events such as concerts, trade shows and conventions because they know too little about the disease and its risks. The exclusion affects event cancellation policies written to protect sponsors from occurrences beyond their control, such as fire or hurricanes, that could ruin one-time occasions.
September 9, 2003 |
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 |
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 |
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.
April 19, 2003 |
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao demanded Friday that officials at all levels of government tell everything they know about severe acute respiratory syndrome, and he threatened severe punishment for any official who covers up cases or delays information.