This program was originally broadcast October 23, 2003. The archived program includes links to an overview of the program, related resources, an archived discussion, and the webcast of the program. "Early in 2003, a previously unknown, but highly communicable disease was reported in Asia. First identified as atypical pneumonia, it became known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). By July 2003, more than thirty countries worldwide had reported cases of SARS. Most of us do not remember the exact moment that we heard about this new, potentially fatal disease, but the public health leaders of Toronto remember the day, time, and where they were. Toronto, in the Ontario province of Canada, suffered the worst outbreak outside of Asia. Because it is a city known for its diversity, it is not surprising that SARS was spread to Toronto by an international traveler. It is precisely this aspect of the outbreak that makes all communities vulnerable and emphasizes the need for increased surveillance, communication, and preparedness. Join us as we discuss the tremendous efforts of Canada's public health professionals, health care workers, and civic leaders to contain the outbreak and protect the health of their citizens now and in the future."
Collaborative effort between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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