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WHO issues global alert on respiratory syndrome

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 22 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:615
  1. Jane Parry
  1. Hong Kong

    The World Health Organization has issued a global alert as reports of over 150 cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome, an atypical pneumonia of unknown cause, came in from Vietnam and Hong Kong, as well as Canada, Taiwan, Thailand, and Singapore.

    By 17 March nine deaths had been reported, seven in Asia and two in Canada. Doctors were also treating two people in Frankfurt, Germany, who had flown in from Singapore and a patient in Manchester, who had recently flown in from Hong Kong (see article below).

    WHO is working with authorities in China, …

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