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Tim Brookes
Tim Brookes

Lessons Learned From SARS

SARS was the first epidemic of this century. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome also arose in chicken flocks in Asia -- China and Hong Kong. The new virus spread from chickens to humans, and then made the jump to human to human transmission. At first, everyone who came down with SARS died. The outbreak began with one case in China in November 2002. It spread from China to Europe, the US, and, notably, Canada. There were travel bans and quarantines, people wore masks on the streets of Toronto. The outbreak lasted about 6 months. In July 2003, Toronto was officially declared SARS-free. Since then, there have been a handful of cases. Afterward, the American Public Health Association asked Burlington writer Tim Brookes to write a book about the epidemic. It's called Behind the Mask: How the World Survived SARS. It's gained new attention as fears of the new avian flu have built. The book is good reading. It traces the emergence of SARS beginning in 1997, then its spread, and eventual containment. Brookes visited health officials, hospitals and survivors in China and Ontario. They were overwhelmed. Martha Foley spoke with Brookes yesterday.
Tim Brookes is the author of books on asthma and hospice. He's also a commentator for National Public Radio, and this radio station. He's director of the professional writing center at Champlain College in Burlington.  Go to full article

SARS Update from Toronto

Brian Mann is in Toronto covering the second SARS outbreak there for NPR. Martha Foley talks with him about conditions in the city, and at border crossings between northern New York and Ontario.  Go to full article

Getting Tourists Back to Toronto

Despite the fear of SARS, it appears people are responding favourably to an offer aimed at getting people to visit Toronto. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Hamilton County Confirms SARS Case

Officials are confirming a suspected case of sudden acute respiratory syndrome in Hamilton County. It's the fourth SARs case identified in the North Country. As Brian Mann reports, health officials say all the patients have recovered and there's no public risk.  Go to full article

Schumer Wants Help Fighting SARS at Border

Senator Chuck Schumer wants federal emergency health care workers to be sent to New York's northern border in response to the outbreak of SARS in Toronto. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

SARS Cases Touch North Country, Border

Health officials in Saratoga County say a Canadian visitor may be suffering from Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome. The announcement follows a health advisory issued on Wednesday, warning travelers to avoid Toronto. The SARS outbreak there has killed more than a dozen people. Brian Mann has details:  Go to full article

Counties Worry About Budget Cuts and Public Health Threats

County health officials say Governor Pataki's budget could jeopardize efforts to guard against threats of bio-terror and the newly discovered illness SARS. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

SARS Preparation in North Country

With two documented cases of SARS in the Jefferson County, and dozens of people ill in Ontario, hospitals in the North Country are getting ready. Officials at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake say patients with a high temperature and respiratory problems will be sent directly to the Emergency Department.  Go to full article

SARS Disease Turns Up In New York

Dozens of cases of a deadly flu-like illness known as Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome have been reported in the United States. Two cases have been confirmed in northern New York - and more than a hundred across the border in Ontario. Possible exposure to the disease has also ended the season for two National Hockey League players from Buffalo. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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