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UNCLAS OTTAWA 001049 SIPDIS STATE FOR WHA/CAN, CA/OCS, M/MED, OES/PCI E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: AMED, SOCI, TBIO, ECON, CASC, CA, SARS, Health SUBJECT: WGSARS: Update 8 - Ontario SARS Health Emergency Ref: Toronto 1048 and previous 1. Ottawa transmitting text of AmConsul Toronto. 2. Fatalities: As of COB April 9, no new SARS deaths have been reported, leaving the number of SARS fatalities in Ontario at ten. 3. Number of cases: Health Canada's April 9 SARS advisory lists approximately 195 cases of SARS in Ontario, including 94 probable and 101 suspect cases, an increase of 3 probable and 2 suspect cases since April 8 reporting. A total of 49 patients treated for SARS have been discharged from hospital. All Ontario cases, according to the advisory, have occurred in persons who have traveled to Asian SARS hotspots or had contact with SARS cases in a household or in a health-care setting. 4. Prophylactic measures: Acting on the recommendation of Toronto Public Health as a precautionary measure, the Toronto District School Board closed two Toronto high schools until April 15, a closure affecting almost 1500 persons. One student who developed SARS-like symptoms last week is undergoing review to determine cause of illness. Leading daily "Toronto Star" reported on April 10 that York region health officers have requested home quarantine for all those who were at Hewlett Packard's suburban Toronto facility in Markham from March 29 to April 1. 5. The Provincial Ministry of Health is opening up additional space at the Oakville Lifecare Centre at the outskirts of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to move patients awaiting long-term care placement out of Toronto hospitals, freeing GTA hospital beds for acute care patients. The April 9 "Toronto Star" reports that province-wide SARS health-care measures were working, as exemplified by smooth operational procedures at a rural Ontario hospital in Listowel. A suspect SARS patient, back from Asian travel, was admitted and "quickly whisked into an isolation area." "We are ready right at the door and so we picked [the case] up with our screening tool," stated the hospital's CEO as reported in the "Star." 6. Economic impacts: According to media reports, including Reuters on April 10, Wal-Mart Stores has temporarily barred its employees from traveling to the Toronto area, while asking staff returning from Toronto (as well as SARS Asian hotspots) to remain at home for 10 days. The GTA contains 9 Wal-Mart complexes plus the company's home office in Canada. On the good news front, the "Star" reports major conventions maintaining schedules in Toronto, including this week's 2,000-delegate National Association of School Psychologists and the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine. CELLUCCI
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