X-Message-Number: 21800
From: "Ben Best" <>
Subject: SARS in Toronto, Canada
Date: Sat, 24 May 2003 19:49:31 -0700

   As Christine Gaspar has noted, there has been 
an outbreak of possible new cases of SARS in Toronto.
Having posted an "all clear" signal earlier on CryoNet
I am obliged to post a retraction. The fact that there
had not been a new case since April 20th and the fact
that respiratory diseases tend to decline in the summer
-- and the general belief that adequate controls had
been taken -- caused many in Toronto (including me) to
become complacent. 

   To keep things in perspective, however, the new
cases have been within hospitals -- and stringent
quarantines are being imposed. The death toll stands
at 24 out of a population of 5 million in the greater
Toronto area. So I think there is still reasonable
hope that SARS in Toronto can be brought under control
even within hospitals reasonably quickly.

               -- Ben Best

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