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Toronto strives for normality after WHO lifts travel warning

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 10 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1004
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Canada is making huge efforts to recover Toronto's prominence as a tourist destination and commercial centre after the World Health Organization's reversal last week of its earlier advice to travellers to consider postponing all but essential travel there because of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

    The WHO announcement came after a meeting in Geneva between health officials from WHO and Canada. It was “based on consideration of three criteria: a decrease to below the defined threshold level of 60 prevalent SARS cases and five new SARS cases per day, a period of 20 days since the last case of community transmission occurred, and no new confirmed cases of exportation.”

    Dr Guenael Rodier, WHO's director of communicable disease surveillance and response, added in a letter on 30 April posted on the …

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