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nobody is really talking about this, but frankly i think this deserves some attention. it's freaking me out.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><b>Hospitals limit access in bid to stop SARS<br><br>
Vast quarantine</b><br><br><br><br><i>HELEN BRANSWELL<br><br><br><br>
Canadian Press</i><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Thursday, March 27, 2003<br><br><br><br>
A nurse wears a protective face mask, complete with a set of red lips, outside the emergency ward of Scarborough Grace Hospital in Toronto. Hundreds of patients, staff, and possibly visitors to the hospital may be quarantined. (CP /J.P. Moczulski)<br><br><br><br><br><br>
A nurse wears the protective clothing used when treating patients with atypical pneumonia (SARS) outside the door of a patient diagnosed with the illness. (CP /Kevin Frayer)<br><br><br><br>
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TORONTO -- Thousands of people have been told to quarantine themselves, and Toronto hospitals have begun barring visitors as public health officials desperately struggle to contain the spread of a deadly SARS outbreak.<br><br><br><br>
St. Michael's Hospital, which does not have any known or suspected SARS cases, has closed its doors to visitors and is requiring everyone entering the hospital to wear a mask. The move is precautionary, a hospital spokesperson said. Controlling the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, to health-care workers is a key concern of public health officials; in Southeast Asia, where the disease has hit hardest, hospital workers have been the main victims of the infection.<br><br><br><br>
On Wednesday, Mount Sinai Hospital closed its intensive care unit after officials became aware that a patient who had been cared for there later went on to develop SARS. And Scarborough Grace Hospital -- where two patients died of SARS and many workers have become infected with the disease -- is closed to new patients.<br><br><br><br>
On Wednesday, Toronto's medical officer of health said everyone who visited Scarborough Grace since March 16 should remain in their homes for 10 days following their visit.<br><br><br><br>
People who share a household with someone in quarantine may go to work or school, but must wear a mask at home and when in contact with those who are at risk of infection. Should anyone in the household show signs of becoming ill, the entire household must be quarantined.<br><br><br><br>
"We realize this is a substantial amount of people," said Dr. Sheela Basrur. "This number will be in the thousands."<br><br><br><br>
"This is an incident of unprecedented scope and magnitude."<br><br><br><br>
Suspected new cases were reported in Ottawa and Saskatchewan yesterday. Cases in York, Durham, Peel and Simcoe regions are also being monitored.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
The comments came as protective face masks flew off supply store shelves as anxious Torontonians sought to shield themselves against a deadly outbreak that prompted Ontario to declare a health emergency.<br><br><br><br>
Basrur said international supplies of face masks were dwindling and that she has asked the province to make obtaining adequate supplies a priority.<br><br><br><br>
The number of probable cases has nearly tripled in the past three days, to 27 in Ontario and one in Vancouver. Three people have died. Five people in Ontario are suspected of being infected. Officials in Saskatchewan are investigating whether someone in that province has the disease.<br><br><br><br>
Probable cases are people showing symptoms who have recently travelled to Asia or have been in close contact with other SARS patients. Suspect cases show symptoms, but have no travel or contact history.<br><br><br><br>
WHAT IS SARS<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Questions and answers about SARS<br><br><br><br>
Health Canada<br><br>
travel advisory<br><br><br><br>
What the City of Toronto is doing to stop the spread of SARS<br><br><br><br>
The CDC on SARS<br><br><br><br>
The WHO on SARS<br><br><br><br>
City of Toronto SARS hotline: 416-338-7600<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
News of the extended quarantine came hours after Health Minister Tony Clement announced he had declared a health emergency in Ontario. Under the province's emergency powers legislation, Clement said he will set up a command centre that will be staffed 24 hours a day to co-ordinate all information from hospitals and health workers.<br><br><br><br>
"By characterizing it as a health emergency, we are giving ourselves the powers that we need and the information that we need at the most appropriate time to ensure that we can contain this disease as soon as possible," Clement said.<br><br><br><br>
The government has already designated the illness a reportable, communicable and virulent disease under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, which lets officials quarantine people against their will.<br><br><br><br>
In Ottawa, Federal Health Minister Anne McLellan was asked whether it's time to invoke federal quarantine legislation.<br><br><br><br>
"We are working very effectively with local health authorities," McLellan told the Commons. "At this point we do not think it is necessary to invoke the Quarantine Act."<br><br><br><br>
About 30 Toronto residents showing symptoms of SARS, many of them health-care workers, have been quarantined, some in hospital isolation rooms. Their family members have been told to stay home for at least 10 days. They must wear face masks while interacting with other family members, sleep in separate rooms and are forbidden to leave their homes.<br><br><br><br>
Basrur said those who don't comply can be forced to do so by court order.<br><br><br><br>
"I expect that by the end of this (outbreak) that will have to be exercised," she said.<br><br><br><br>
The outbreak has dominated the front pages of local newspapers, sending some Torontonians straight to a surgical supply store first thing Wednesday morning.<br><br><br><br>
"Before we even opened there were three people at the door and I think they cleaned us out at that point," said Jim Garde, general manager of Starkman's Home Healthcare.<br><br><br><br>
"It's gone crazy, we're trying to keep up with it right now. . . . It seems that about every second person that's coming in is buying a box of these masks."<br><br><br><br>
Health officials urged the public not to panic, pointing out that only people who have been in close contact - within about one metre, over a period of some time - with a person sick with SARS have so far become infected.<br><br><br><br>
However, an elementary school near Scarborough Grace sent children home Tuesday after three kindergarten students fell ill with undiagnosed fever. The school was to remain closed until Monday.<br><br><br><br>
Basrur said the closure had been unnecessary, because none of the children had come in contact with people suspected of infection.<br><br><br><br>
Other schools sent notes home urging parents to watch for symptoms such as dry coughs and soaring temperatures and to keep sick children home.<br><br><br><br>
Public health officials were trying to find a way to deliver food and other essentials to those in quarantine. Some of the volunteer organizations approached for help have expressed reluctance, fearing that would put helpers at risk, Basrur admitted.<br><br><br><br>
"So far that has been a concern for some community organizations. We feel the potential for exposure can be brought to zero by reasonable precautions."<br><br><br><br>
Health Canada has urged Canadians planning trips to the most affected parts of Southeast Asia to defer travel for the time being. Those areas are Hanoi, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Guangdong province in China and Singapore.<br><br><br><br><i>© Copyright 2003 Canadian Press</i></div>
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I've been watching this too. Yesterday there were 1300+ cases reported in the world, today there is 1400+ cases. Yesterday, 48 had died. Today the total is 53. This chart shows how many cases and from what part of the world they were reported.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.who.int/csr/sarscountry/2003_03_27/en/" target="_blank">http://www.who.int/csr/sarscountry/2003_03_27/en/</a><br><br><br><br>
The World Health Organization met yesterday. Per there findings, 80 to 90% of patients at day six or seven, show improvement in signs and symptoms when treated. As of today there is a 4% death rate.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.who.int/csr/sars/cliniciansconference/en/" target="_blank">http://www.who.int/csr/sars/cliniciansconference/en/</a><br><br><br><br>
Also, concerning the identification of the virus and it's possible origin:<br><br><br><br>
Hypotheses include a virus known to cause disease in an animal host that has jumped the species barrier to infect humans, or a known human virus that has mutated to acquire properties that are causing much more severe disease in humans. It is increasingly certain, however, that SARS is a serious new disease caused by a newly recognized pathogen.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.who.int/csr/sarsarchive/2003_03_26a/en/" target="_blank">http://www.who.int/csr/sarsarchive/2003_03_26a/en/</a><br><br><br><br>
Ugh! I know a lot of people (including myself) that have been sick with respiratory stuff lately. I was relieved to find out that my illness is bronchitis.<br><br><br><br>
Somewhere in all of this information I read - they do not believe that this is terrorist related (whew!)
 

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I doubt if it was SARS, but I had atypical pneumonia five years ago and it was the worst thing ever. My husband thought I was a goner and I was too delirious to know who I was. Ughh.
 

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my husband is a city bus driver in vancouver, and today his company announced they'll be issuing surgical quality face masks to all the drivers due to the SARS outbreak.
 

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It's kinda been freaking me out too. I have lots of family in Toronto, including my brother and my aunt (who's a doctor), and I'm pretty worried about them. My mom's worse than me, but I can certainly understand her concern. She's been calling my brother a lot more often lately, particularly since he had a cold, and always gets worried when she can't reach him. He's rarely at home anyway, but it scares her.<br><br><br><br>
I'm sure everything will be ok, but it's just a nasty little feeling in the pit of my stomach.
 

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This is scaring me too. Two people died from it in Orange County, California...where I live. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I work at a medical clinic in Ottawa, Canada and we are definitely taking precautions. Anyone with possible symptoms is set to the emergency immediately. One of the doctors is paranoid and the other is pretty relaxed about it saying that for the average healthy person, the chances of dying from this are the same as dying from the flu. It's the elderly, the young and those with depressed immune systems that are at risk. Still, it's scary.
 

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<i>Following the global SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) travel advisory issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the State Department, *employer's name* is imposing restrictions on non-essential business travel to the following locations: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam and Canada. These restrictions are effective today, and will continue until further notice. Travel to these areas will not be allowed unless for a critical need and with approval from the appropriate Executive Group member.<br><br><br><br>
As a result of the current risks and uncertainties surrounding the transmission of SARS, it is also recommended that *employer's name* associates temporarily use alternative means to conduct business outside the United States other than through travel, especially to the countries listed above. This may mean increased use of teleconferencing, webcasts, and video teleconferencing.</i><br><br><br><br>
Wow! Even though I understand their concern for my welfare and the welfare of other coworkers, I've never had an employer tell me where I can go in my own spare time. What a trip!
 

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I went to Chintown yesterday and read a notice on one of the doors: Health Canada says there is no indicated risk of SARS here at this time so please feel comfortable shopping here, blah blah blah. And then I remembered it was a risk- I'd forgotten. So now I'm freaked out, cause I'm feeling tired and worried that it means I'm getting sick.<br><br><br><br>
But then, that's just the way I am right now. I'm constantly expecting to die before my next birthday, cause of my Dad's sickness.<br><br><br><br>
So whatever.
 

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Released today by the World Health Organization. Their team has issued an interim report based on their findings from the investigation in China.<br><br><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.who.int/csr/sarsarchive/2003_04_09/en/" target="_blank">http://www.who.int/csr/sarsarchive/2003_04_09/en/</a><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Edited to add: As of today, a cumulative total of 2722 cases, with 106 deaths have been reported from 16 countries. This represents an increase of 51 cases and 3 deaths when compared with yesterday.<br><br><br><br>
New cases were reported in Canada (3), China (1), Hong Kong SAR (42), Singapore (5), and the United States of America (1). The single case reported in Australia has been removed from the list. Deaths were reported in Hong Kong (2) and Singapore (1).<br><br>
 
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