P5 News

Shonan Tax Office No. 163

April, 2003


The outbreak of sever acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has reported in China. The disease has spread over Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Singapore. The symptoms are a high fever over 38 C, cough, shortness of breath, headache, and sore throat. It spreads from person to person contact. Most cases of SARS have involved people who cared for or lived with someone with SARS, or had direct contact with infectious material (for example, respiratory secretions) from a person who has SARS. Potential ways in which SARS can be spread include touching the skin of other people or objects that are contaminated with infectious droplets and then touching your eye(s), nose, or mouth. This can happen when someone who is sick with SARS coughs or sneezes droplets onto themselves, other people, or nearby surfaces. It also is possible that SARS can be spread more broadly through the air or by other ways that are currently not known.
According to WHO (World Health Organization), cumulative of reported probable cases of SARS are the following.
Cumulative number of cases Number of Deaths
China  1482  65
China, Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region


Singapore 172   16
USA  208   0
Canada 126   12
Vietnam 63   4
Taiwan 29   0
Thailand 7   2
Germany 6   0


Note: Cumulative number of cases includes number of deaths.
SARS reported in Japan as well; however, that was false.
As of today, a cumulative total of 3461 cases with 170 deaths have been reported from 25 countries on five continents. This represents an increase of 72 new cases and 5 deaths since the last WHO update. The deaths occurred in Hong Kong SAR and Singapore.

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