By June 11, 2003, 8,435 people
worldwide had been infected with SARS, and 789
had died. Multiple media and government sources are providing
the latest news about SARS, reporting about new cases,
treatment developments, travel alerts and economic effects.
These include Yahoo!
News -- SARS,
The New York Times Science Special -- The SARS
complete coverage of SARS, The
NewsHour's SARS Special Report and the CDC.
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International Health Response
Since issuing its first-ever Global Health Alert on March
2003, the World Health Organization has taken the lead
in monitoring SARS as the disease has moved around the
globe. Other institutions researching and tracking the
disease include the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention and the National
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the United
States and the International
Society for Infectious Diseases' Program for Monitoring
May 8, 2003
The NewsHour's Ray Suarez interviews experts who
weigh the possible societal effects of quarantines and
other aggressive measures to contain SARS.
of Care Raises China's SARS Fears"
May 28, 2003
In villages outside China's urban centers, panic has set
in. Ninety percent of Chinese in the countryside have
no health insurance, and many don't have access to adequate
medical care. San Francisco Chronicle reporter
Jehangir Pocha investigates how market-oriented reforms
in China's rural health system have worsened the overall
quality of care in clinics.
Shows WHO Disease Hunters' Skills, and Limits"
May 31, 2003
The Washington Post's Rob Stein visits the WHO's
Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, in essence,
a global NORAD for health epidemics. In the words of the
man in charge, "I guess you could say we're the eyes and
the ears, and the arms and the legs, of the world when
it comes to disease outbreak."
I'm Stuck in Quarantine, and I Can't Get Out!"
June 1, 2003
Donald McNeil Jr. of The New York Times writes
about being quarantined for 10 days upon his return from
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for a Quick Cure
Science magazine's comprehensive collection of
papers and news on SARS includes several reports on the
epidemiology of the disease as well as models of key structures
in the virus and information on the swift mapping of its
... but Fast Enough?"
April 2, 2003
Dr. Julie Gerberding considers the scientific community's
response to the SARS outbreak in an editorial in the New
England Journal of Medicine. "Speed of scientific
discovery and speed of communication are hallmarks of
the response to SARS and reflect amazing achievements,"
she writes. "However, despite these advances ... can we
prevent a global pandemic of SARS?"
Never Before Seen in Humans Is the Cause of SARS
April 16, 2003
An unprecedented collaboration of 13 laboratories in 10
countries led to the discovery that SARS is caused by
a coronavirus, a member of a viral family first found
in chickens. It was given the name "corona" because of
the crownlike appearance of structures on its surface.
Down the Source of SARS"
May 13, 2003
National Public Radio's Richard Knox examines human diseases
thought to originate in animals, a list that now includes
SARS. Finding the first few human cases of such diseases
is crucial, but in southern China, where SARS first broke
out, investigators are running into government resistance.
Battle the Spread of SARS
May 20, 2003
The NewsHour's Susan Dentzer visits researchers
at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland,
and the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta to ask
questions about efforts to develop a vaccine for SARS.
of a Virus: Global Collaboration on SARS Bears Fruit"
May 26, 2003
Denise Grady and Lawrence Altman of The New York Times
follow the trail of scientific progress on SARS as information
about the disease circuits the globe.
Ho, Time's 1996 Person of the Year
Seven years before SARS appeared as his newest challenge,
David Ho was already a nationally recognized figure. Time
magazine gave Ho its highest accolade for his contribution
to AIDS research.
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With Fear of SARS"
April 18, 2003
The NewsHour's Margaret Warner speaks with economic
experts on the impact of SARS on the financial
markets of Hong Kong, China and other regions of Asian.
Raises Concerns Over Asian-Produced Technology"
May 9, 2003
NPR's John McChesney reports from Silicon Valley, where
technology firms are increasingly worried about the impact
of SARS on business. Manufacturers of computer parts in
Asia are preparing for business disruptions if the disease
continues to spread.
Opens Door to New Dangers"
May 27, 2003
Globalization works better in times of peace and security,
writes Daniel Yergin in a USA Today editorial.
Yergin argues that the same networks that opened up travel,
communications and trade can be harnessed by less benevolent
forces, such as terrorism and disease.
Toll on Asian Economies Will Linger"
May 30, 2003
Tourism in Hong Kong is off; engineers who commonly move
between Taiwan, China and the United States are stymied;
the slowdown in exports from Asia is already at the point
of affecting holiday shelf supplies in the United States.
Reporter Keith Bradsher of The New York Times looks
at the long-term economic implications of SARS for global
trade and economy.
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in China and Hong Kong
Kong Department of Health: SARS
Jointly maintained by Hong Kong's Information Services
Department and the Department of Health, this site lists
SARS-related daily news, bulletins and figures and locations
of confirmed and suspected SARS patients. Director of
Health Margaret Chan also outlines the government's four-pronged
strategy to control the outbreak: early detection, swift
contact tracing, prompt isolation and quarantine, and
Internet Information Center: SARS
The authorized government portal site to China provides
reports on the latest SARS news, including news about
government efforts to contain the disease.
Daily Online: Combats SARS
The English-language online edition of this Beijing-based
newspaper offers extensive reporting on the status of
the disease in the capital and across mainland China and
on global efforts to control SARS.
Pacific Time's Archived Radio Reports on SARS
Pacific Time, a weekly public radio program, examines
the effects of SARS around the Pacific Rim and in North
Kong's Unhealthy Relationship With the Mainland"
April 9, 2003
Reporting from Hong Kong, Los Angeles Times reporter
Ching-Ching Ni looks at how the SARS crisis highlights
Hong Kong's uneasy relationship with mainland China. Though
Hong Kong remains an open society with a free press, the
Beijing-appointed Hong Kong administration "fumbled in
denial and inaction," Ni reports, resulting in a loss
of credibility for both the local and the national governments.
"SARS outbreak at Amoy Gardens"
April 18, 2003
The Sydney Morning Herald outlines the Hong Kong Department of Health's findings from its investigation into the SARS outbreak at the Amoy Gardens apartment complex, where more than 320 people were infected and 42 died. The report details the epidemiological and environmental factors behind the outbreak, as well as the actions taken by the government to contain it.
Say China's Response to SARS Has Been Too Heavy-Handed"
May 23, 2003
Joseph Kahn of The New York Times reports from
China, where anxiety about SARS is easing and the debate
about the government's handling of the disease is just
beginning. The Communist Party's propaganda machine has
been operating in "overdrive," Kahn writes, with television
news "full of maudlin homages to health-care workers,
referred to as 'white-coated warriors' and 'angels in
Said to Hamper World Fight on SARS"
June 2, 2003
The International Herald Tribune's Thomas Crampton
reports from Manila, the base of the World Health Organization's
battle against SARS, about the varied reactions of governments
to the crisis.
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