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SARS Cases
CBC News Online | Updated October 7, 2003

Cumulative SARS Cases as of September 26, 2003 (World Health Organization):

Cases worldwide (cumulative): 8,098 (includes deaths)
Total number of deaths: 774 (includes 44 in Canada)

*Current case definitions (according to Health Canada):

Suspect

"A person who fits into one of the following two categories:

1) a person who develops fever and one or more respiratory symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, within 10 days of returning from travel to areas in Asia where SARS cases are being reported; or

2) a person who develops fever and one or more respiratory symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, within 10 days of having had close contact with a "probable" case of SARS."

Probable

"A person meeting the suspect case definition together with severe progressive respiratory illness suggestive of atypical pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome with no known cause.
OR
A person meeting the suspect case definition with an unexplained acute respiratory illness resulting in death, with an autopsy examination demonstrating the pathology of acute respiratory distress syndrome with no known cause."

Source: World Health Organization, Health Canada and Ontario Ministry of Health


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The SARS (Campbell) Commission

New England Journal of Medicine

Canadian Medical Association

Ontario Ministry of Health Update on SARS

Vancouver SARS page

Hong Kong SARS page

WHO: SARS Outbreak News

World Health Organization travel advisory

Health Canada SARS site

Toronto Public Health's SARS site

Health Canada travel advisory

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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