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Volume 10, Number 11—November 2004

Policy Review

Public Health Interventions and SARS Spread, 20031

David M. Bell*Comments to Author  and World Health Organization Working Group on Prevention of International and Community Transmission of SARS
Author affiliation: *World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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Table 1

Health declarations by entering travelers at international borders, March 1–July 15, 2003a

Area No. completed declarations (millions) No. reporting symptoms No. reporting contact with SARS No. with SARS detected by declarations
Canada 10 3,481 0 0
China-mainland 13.2 2,035 500 2 (both had SARS contact)
China-Hong Kong SARb 19.3 2,380 NA 2 (both had symptoms)
China-Taiwan 1.0 5,287 NA 0
Singapore 1.9 Very low 0 0
Total 45.4 13,000 500 4

aSARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome; SAR, special administrative region.
bIncludes border between China-Hong Kong SAR and China-mainland.

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1The members of the World Health Organization (WHO) Working Group are as follows: Ximena Aguilera, Ministerio de Salud, Republica de Chile; Roy Anderson, Imperial College London, United Kingdom; Dounia Bitar, Institut de Veille Sanitaire, Paris France; Martin Cetron (with Pattie Simone), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chew Suok Kai (with Benjamin KW Koh), Ministry of Health, Singapore; Clete DiGiovanni, Jr., Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, USA; Arlene King, Health Canada, Ottawa, Canada; Cindy K-L Lai (with PL Ma), Department of Health, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China; Angus Nicoll (with Jane Leese), Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, London, United Kingdom; Sonja Olsen, International Emerging Infections Program, Nonthaburi, Thailand; Alice Sarradet, Direction Generale de la Sante, Paris, France; Mingchang Song, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, (AQSIQ), Beijing, China; Ron St. John (with Susan Courage), Health Canada, Ottawa, Canada; Robert Steffen (with Leonie Prasad), University of Zurich, Switzerland; Ih-Jen Su (with SK Lai), Taiwan Center for Disease Control, Taipei, Taiwan, China; WHO Staff in the Department of Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response (CSR): Julie Hall, Beijing, China; Emmanuel Jesuthasan, Geneva, Switzerland; Angela Merianos, Cathy Roth, Max Hardiman, Geneva, Switzerland; Hitoshi Oshitani, Western Pacific Regional Office, Manila, Philippines; and group facilitator: David Bell, WHO (CSR) Geneva, Switzerland, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

2The term “isolation” is applied to ill people; “quarantine” is applied to persons who have been exposed but are not ill.

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