In The News

Erik Eckholm April 29, 2003
Frustrated rural Chinese ransacked a junior high school on Sunday in the first reported case of popular protest against Beijing's handling of the Sars epidemic. As this article in the New York Times reports, "More conflict appears possible as China's government – used to treating the public, especially in rural areas, in a highhanded fashion – applies stringent measures to contain...
Ilona Kickbusch April 25, 2003
As the economic consequences of Sars become more and more apparent, countries are scrambling for solutions. However, argues Ilona Kickbusch, Professor of Global Health at Yale University's School of Public Health, individual nation-states are unequipped to manage something like Sars by themselves. In an interconnected world, we must acknowledge the truly global nature of public health, and...
April 25, 2003
Toronto is the Western city most affected by Sars, with 140 cases reported so far. The World Health Organization recently warned travelers to stay away from the city, infuriating Toronto officials, who say Sars in Toronto can be traced to one carrier and is under control. The Centers for Disease Control in the US have not warned against travel to Toronto, further complicating the situation. In...
Lawrence K. Altman April 24, 2003
Canada's main virology laboratory has found the SARS virus identified by WHO in only some of its probable and suspect cases.
April 24, 2003
The Public Health Ministers of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) are scheduled to meet in Malaysia to discuss specific proposals for regional cooperation to combat further spread of SARS. Thailand’s proposals include the screening of all departing passengers, the establishment of a regional website to share SARS related information, and the exchange of medical professionals...
Lawrence Altman April 23, 2003
Responding to studies which show that the SARS virus can survive for up to 24 hours on objects and recently infected health care workers in two Toronto hospitals, Dr. James Young, the Ontario commissioner of public safety, invited a Center for Disease Control (CDC) team from Atlanta to discuss and help strengthen infection control measures. The US and Canada have been working together and...
April 23, 2003
A new SARS-related computer virus might become troublesome for computer users. The virus sends itself to random e-mail addresses from users’ address books, and modifies the recipients’ Internet browsers to display WHO’s webpage describing SARS outbreak. Because it spreads via Windows e-mail programs by hiding in messages regarding SARS, the virus does not affect users of other operating systems....