US embassy cable - 03OTTAWA1107

WGSARS: Canada-wide Status Report April 16 (Number 4)

Identifier: 03OTTAWA1107
Wikileaks: View 03OTTAWA1107 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Ottawa
Created: 2003-04-16 20:03:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: TBIO AMED CA Health SARS
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UNCLAS OTTAWA 001107 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR WGSARS, OES/PCI, WHA/CAN (RUNNING) 
 
HHS FOR OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY, OFFICE OF 
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (STEIGER) 
 
CDC for Global Health Office (Cox) 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: TBIO, AMED, CA, Health, SARS 
SUBJECT: WGSARS: Canada-wide Status Report April 16 
(Number 4) 
 
Ref. (A) Ottawa 1078 (SARS Canada-wide Report #3) 
 
     (B) Toronto 1097 (Ontario SARS Update #11) 
 
1. As of April 15, 2003, Health Canada has received 
reports of 296 probable or suspect cases of severe 
acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Canada. There have 
been 13 deaths in Canada - all clustered in Toronto, 
Ontario.  To date, transmission has been limited to 
specific transmission settings such as households, 
hospitals and specific community settings.  The 
following figures reflect the situation as of 13:00 
Eastern Daylight Saving Time, April 15, unless 
otherwise noted: 
2. Ontario is reporting 105 probable and 139 suspect 
cases. All cases have occurred in persons who have 
traveled to Asia or had contact with SARS cases in the 
household or in a health-care setting. (See Toronto 
reporting for details.) 
3. British Columbia is reporting 4 probable and 37 
suspect cases as of 19:00 Eastern Daylight Saving Time, 
April 15. (One new probable and one new suspect case 
since report #3.  Nineteen of the suspect cases have 
recovered.) 
4. New Brunswick reports 2 suspect cases. (New 
Brunswick authorities note that both individuals have 
recovered) 
5. Saskatchewan reports 1 suspect case.  (Saskatchewan 
authorities report this individual has recovered.) 
6. Alberta reports 5 suspect cases.  (According to the 
Alberta government, all five cases have recovered.) 
7. Prince Edward Island reports 4 suspect cases.  (PEI 
authorities report the voluntary quarantine on these 
four individuals was lifted on April 14, they developed 
no signs or symptoms of SARS.) 
 
8.  According to provincial health authorities, the 
standard practice will be that suspect cases will 
continue to be counted as a suspect case until there is 
a definitive test to confirm or rule out the disease. 
 
Cellucci 

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