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Author: eachus Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 303  
Subject: WHO Status Date: 7/2/2003 10:02 PM
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Actually, all I should have to do is quote one sentence: "The date of onset of the most recent probable SARS case in Canada was 12 June, the last date of isolation of a probable SARS case was also 12 June."

That case is the most recent known SARS case, 20 days ago. That is usually the "twice incubation period" that the WHO uses to determine that there is no longer any local transmission. There may sometime in the future be more cases of cross-species propagation, but I suspect that the Chinese will continue to carefully monitor the farms that grow civet cats for food. (They know the cost of not doing so, and relatively speaking the cost of doing it will be trivial.)

So it looks like we have seen the last of SARS, or rather that the next new virulent disease will be something else. If we are lucky, countries will continue to screen international airline passengers for high fevers. That is a measure that should have occurred years ago. If those measures are routinely enforced maybe influenza will join smallpox on the list of eradicated human diseases.
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