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Cablegate: Wgsars: Canada-Wide Status Report April 21

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UNCLAS OTTAWA 001139

SIPDIS

STATE FOR WGSARS, OES/PCI, WHA/CAN (RUNNING)

HHS FOR OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY, OFFICE OF
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (STEIGER)

CDC for Global Health Office (Cox)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TBIO AMED CA SARS
SUBJECT: WGSARS: Canada-wide Status Report April 21
(Number 5)

Ref. (A) Ottawa 1107 (SARS Canada-wide Report #4)

(B) Toronto 1144(Ontario SARS Update #14)

1. Health Canada as of April 17 has begun to provide
Health Alert notices to passengers departing by train
from Toronto's Union Station. The Health Alert notice
describes the symptoms of SARS and advises travelers to
see a physician if they develop symptoms.

2. As of 13:00 Eastern Daylight Savings Time April 21,
2003, Health Canada has received reports of 316
probable or suspect cases of severe acute respiratory
syndrome (SARS) in Canada. There have been 14 deaths
attributed to SARS (13 probable cases and 1 suspect
case) all linked to the Toronto nexus. To date,
transmission has been limited to specific transmission
settings such as households, hospitals and specific
community settings. The details of the cases to date
are as follows:

-- Ontario is reporting 135 probable and 124 suspect
cases. (See Toronto reporting for details.)

-- British Columbia is reporting 4 probable and 41
suspect cases. (Increase of 4 suspect cases since
report #4)

-- New Brunswick is reporting 2 suspect cases. (No
change.)

-- Saskatchewan is reporting 1 suspect case. (No
change.)

-- Alberta is reporting 5 suspect cases. (No change.)

-- Prince Edward Island is reporting 4 suspect cases.
(No change.)

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