Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 145 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-May-2003
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Travel Alert Reinstated: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
On May 22, 2003, Health Canada reported a cluster of five new suspicious cases, indicating new transmission in Toronto that is currently under investigation. CDC is therefore reissuing a travel alert for Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  more

Updated Interim U.S. Case Definition of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
CDC has changed the case definition for SARS. The change reflects new science and new information in the wake of a second wave of SARS cases in Canada. more


Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome --- Taiwan, 2003
On April 22, 2003, the Taiwan Department of Health (DOH) was notified of seven cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) among health-care workers (HCWs) at a large municipal hospital in Taipei (hospital A). Subsequent cases at eight hospitals have been associated with exposures at hospital A. Previously, all reported cases had been associated with persons recently returning to Taiwan from SARS-affected regions. This report summarizes epidemiologic findings of the outbreak in Taiwan and describes the impact of health-care--associated transmission of SARS.  more

Update: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome --- United States, May 21, 2003
This report updates SARS cases reported worldwide and in the United States and highlights recent modifications to the U.S. SARS case definition that define criteria for exclusion of previously reported SARS cases and for reporting travel-associated cases of SARS.  more

WHO SARS Update: Situation in Toronto
Health authorities in Canada have today informed WHO that two clusters of cases of respiratory illness are undergoing investigation for respiratory illness, including pneumonia. One cluster of 5 cases is associated with St Johnís Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto. The second cluster of 26 cases, including 10 health care workers, is associated with North York General Hospital. One patient undergoing investigation has been linked to both hospitals.  more

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