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World Health Organization officials announced Tuesday that the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome has been contained, but warned that China must remain vigilant to prevent a second outbreak of the highly infectious disease.
Noting that the SARS situation in many regions of China has "improved significantly," the World Health Organization lifted its warning against travel to parts of the country.
World Health Organization experts on Thursday cautiously endorsed China's reported drop in the number of SARS cases after publicly questioning the country's data earlier this week.
With outbreaks in all the initial hot zones either contained or coming under control, severe acute respiratory syndrome is clearly in decline, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
Citing past accusations that Chinese officials covered up the extent of the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak, the World Health Organization questioned the accuracy of reports from China showing a sharp decline in new SARS cases.
As Toronto struggles to contain a second SARS outbreak that began more than a week ago, about 7,000 people were under quarantine Friday and 33 were infected with the virus.
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