3 May 2003
of SARS in Taiwan has accelerated considerably during
the past week. Yesterday, Taiwan announced a
cumulative total of 100 probable SARS cases, a number
representing almost a tripling of cases over the past
10 days. Since the outbreak began, 8 deaths have
A WHO team
arrived today in Taipei to support health authorities
in combating the SARS outbreak. The two-person team,
with expertise in epidemiology and virology, will
visit hospitals and consult with local health
authorities. As the outbreak has affected a number of
hospital staff, a principal focus with be on the
possible need to strengthen infection control
procedures. The WHO team will also advise Taiwan
officials on how best to stop the spread of the virus
on the island.
Center for Disease Control reported the first two
suspected SARS cases, in a couple, on 14 March. The
man had a February travel history to Guangdong
Province and Hong Kong SAR. On 26 March, a Taiwanese
resident of Hong Kong's Amoy Gardens flew to Taiwan
and took a train to Taichung to celebrate the
traditional festival, Qing Ming. The man's brother
became Taiwan's first SARS fatality, and a fellow
passenger on the train also became a case. By 16
April, 27 probable cases had been detected in Taiwan.
Investigation of cases determined that all either had
a travel history to an affected area, or had been in
close contact with patients.
of cases began increasingly steadily in the last weeks
of April. Several staff at two hospitals have become
infected. On 28 April, the Taiwanese government
imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine on all incoming
travellers from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau and
reported 181 new probable SARS cases today, 114 of
which were from Beijing, bringing the cumulative total
in the country and capital to 3971 and 1741
respectively. There were also 9 deaths reported, five
of which were from Beijing.
SARS cases were also reported in Shanxi (18), Tianjin
(18), Inner Mongolia (10), Hebei (9), Guangdong (11)
and Ningxia (1). Ten of the new cases in Tianjin were
among health care workers.
of cases in Beijing have occurred among health care
workers in hospitals. Among the 114 new probable cases
reported today in Beijing, 20 were among health care
workers. These figures underscore the importance of
rigorous infection control in hospitals and the need
to strengthen measures in place in Beijing.
As of this
morning, 13,688 people in the capital were in
quarantine. Among buildings quarantined are 27 SARS-designated
hospitals, two building sites and three apartment
buildings belonging to universities.
on cases and countries
As of today, a cumulative total of 6234 probable cases with 435 deaths have been reported from 27 countries. This represents an increase of 191 new cases and 18 deaths compared with yesterday. The new deaths occurred in China (9) and Hong Kong SAR (9).
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