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  • Guangdong, China
    Saturday Nov 16, 2002

    First Human Infection

    Guangdong, China
    Saturday Nov 16, 2002

    A farmer in the Shunde district of Foshan County was likely the first case of infection by SARS virus.




  • China
    Sunday Jan 05, 2003

    A new infection with SARS is confirmed in China

    China
    Sunday Jan 05, 2003

    China confirmed that the case reported in December was a case of wild source SARS.




  • Guangzhou, China
    Friday Jan 31, 2003

    The first international spreaded

    Guangzhou, China
    Friday Jan 31, 2003

    The first super-spreader, Zhou Zuofen would bring the disease to the international stage. He checked in to the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital in Guangzhou on January 31. This was the same hospital where Liu Jianlun was treating the disease. The virus was soon spread to nearby hospitals while Liu would later spread the disease to Hong Kong.




  • Hong Kong, China
    Friday Feb 21, 2003

    Hong Kong Spread: First Patient Liu Jianlun

    Hong Kong, China
    Friday Feb 21, 2003

    Liu Jianlun, Hong Kong's first patient, checked into the Metropole Hotel on February 21, with a room on the ninth floor, specifically room 911. Even though he was already feeling somewhat ill he visited with his family and travelled around Hong Kong.




  • Toronto, Canada
    Sunday Feb 23, 2003

    SARS reaches Canda

    Toronto, Canada
    Sunday Feb 23, 2003

    An elderly woman, Kwan Sui-Chu returned to Toronto from Hong Kong after being infected by Liu Jianlun at the Metropole Hotel. She died at home on March 5, after infecting her son Tse Chi Kwai, who spread the disease at Scarborough Grace Hospital and then he also died.




  • Taipei, Taiwan
    Tuesday Feb 25, 2003

    Spreading though Taiwan

    Taipei, Taiwan
    Tuesday Feb 25, 2003

    On February 25, a businessman who had travelled in Hong Kong and the Guangdong Province returned home to Taipei. This marked the beginning of the outbreak on Taiwan.




  • Vietnam
    Wednesday Feb 26, 2003

    SARS Spread in Vietnam: First Patient

    Vietnam
    Wednesday Feb 26, 2003

    The virus was carried to Hanoi, Vietnam by a fellow guest on the Metropole's ninth floor. A Chinese-American resident of Shanghai, Johnny Chen, had roomed across the hall from Liu at the Metropole. He travelled on to Hanoi, fell ill there, and on February 26, was admitted to the French Hospital of Hanoi where he infected at least 38 of the staff there.


  • Novena, Singapore
    Saturday Mar 01, 2003

    Spreading to Singapore

    Novena, Singapore
    Saturday Mar 01, 2003

    On March 1, 26-year-old Esther Mok was admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital after visiting Hong Kong, starting the Singapore outbreak. She recovered as various family members died.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Tuesday Mar 04, 2003

    Hong Kong: consequences on medical staff

    Hong Kong, China
    Tuesday Mar 04, 2003

    On March 4, a 27-year-old Hong Kong man who had visited a guest in Metropole (on the ninth floor) 11 days earlier was admitted to Prince of Wales Hospital. At least 99 hospital workers (including 17 medical students) were infected while treating him.


  • Kwong Wah Hospital, Hong Kong, China
    Tuesday Mar 04, 2003

    SARS Spread in Hong Kong: First Patient

    Kwong Wah Hospital, Hong Kong, China
    Tuesday Mar 04, 2003

    Liu Jianlun died in the intensive care Unit at Kwong Wah Hospital after being held in the hospital for around 10 days.


  • Hanoi, Vietnam
    Wednesday Mar 05, 2003

    SARS identification Carlo Urbani

    Hanoi, Vietnam
    Wednesday Mar 05, 2003

    Carlo Urbani, a WHO infectious disease specialist, was among the staff who examined Chen. Urbani observed that other hospital staff were already becoming ill and realized that he was dealing with a new and dangerous disease. His diagnosis was clear: this was an unusual case of an “unknown contagious disease”. Responding to the gravity of the situation, Dr Urbani alerted WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.


  • Hanoi, Vietnam
    Tuesday Mar 11, 2003

    SARS Containing in Vietnam: Hanoi French Hospital stops admission

    Hanoi, Vietnam
    Tuesday Mar 11, 2003

    Hanoi French Hospital didn't accept new patients starting from March 11, but it only kept its own infected staff.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Wednesday Mar 12, 2003

    WHO: First Global alert.

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Wednesday Mar 12, 2003

    On March 12, WHO issued a global alert about a new infectious disease of unknown origin in both Vietnam and Hong Kong.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Thursday Mar 13, 2003

    SARS Spread in Vietnam: First Patient

    Hong Kong, China
    Thursday Mar 13, 2003

    Johnny Chen was then evacuated to Hong Kong, he died on March 13.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Saturday Mar 15, 2003

    WHO: Intense Global Health alert

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Saturday Mar 15, 2003

    On March 15, WHO issued a heightened global health alert about mysterious pneumonia with a case definition of SARS after cases in Singapore and Canada were also identified. The alert included a rare emergency travel advisory to international travellers, healthcare professionals, and health authorities.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Mar, 2003

    SARS Spread in Hong Kong: Consequences

    Hong Kong, China
    Mar, 2003

    Liu's brother-in-law sought medical treatment in late February, entered the hospital on March 1, and died on March 19. Twenty-three other guests from the Metropole developed SARS, seven of them from the ninth floor, and it is estimated that around 80% of the Hong Kong cases were due to Liu.


  • Vietnam
    Mar, 2003

    SARS Spread in Vietnam: Hanoi French Hospital Staff infections

    Vietnam
    Mar, 2003

    On March 15, Nguyen Thi Luong, the nurse who had tended to Chen, died. On March 19, Jean Paul Derosier, the anesthetist who had put Chen on a ventilator, died. On March 24, gynecologist Nguyen The Phuong and nurse Nguyen Thi Uyen died.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Thursday Mar 27, 2003

    Hong Kong: Educational classes cancellation

    Hong Kong, China
    Thursday Mar 27, 2003

    On March 27, Hong Kong Education and Manpower Bureau announced the class cancellation of all educational institutions.


  • Singapore
    Thursday Mar 27, 2003

    Singapore: Educational classes cancellation

    Singapore
    Thursday Mar 27, 2003

    The Ministry of Education of Singapore announced that all primary schools, secondary schools, and junior colleges were to be shut until April 6, 2003.


  • Bangkok, Thailand
    Friday Mar 28, 2003

    Carlo Urbani death

    Bangkok, Thailand
    Friday Mar 28, 2003

    During a flight to Bangkok to attend a conference, Dr Urbani developed symptoms of SARS. He died of complication related to SARS on 29 March 2003 – a public health hero.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Sunday Mar 30, 2003

    Hong Kong: Massive Building outbreak!

    Hong Kong, China
    Sunday Mar 30, 2003

    On March 30, Hong Kong authorities quarantined estate E of the Amoy Gardens Apartment due to a massive (200+ cases) outbreak in the building.


  • Guangdong, China
    Wednesday Apr 02, 2003

    SARS: Chinese outbreak status

    Guangdong, China
    Wednesday Apr 02, 2003

    On April 2, Chinese medical officials began reporting the status of the SARS outbreak. China's southern Guangdong province reported 361 new infections and 9 new deaths, increasing the total Mainland China figures previously reported at end-February.


  • China
    Friday Apr 04, 2003

    SARS Spreading through China: Releasing Data

    China
    Friday Apr 04, 2003

    A Chinese health specialist admitted at a press conference of not informing the public early enough about the outbreak. The PRC Health Minister also claimed that the disease has been under control in most parts of mainland China. He also released the names of seven drugs which he claimed to be effective in curing SARS.


  • Singapore
    Friday Apr 04, 2003

    SARS Spreading through Singapore: School Closure Extension

    Singapore
    Friday Apr 04, 2003

    On April 5, the Singapore government announced that school closures would be extended. Junior colleges were to reopen on April 9, secondary schools would reopen on April 14 and primary schools and pre-schools would reopen on April 16.


  • Manila, Philippines
    Sunday Apr 06, 2003

    SARS reaches Manila Philippines

    Manila, Philippines
    Sunday Apr 06, 2003

    On April 6, a SARS case was found in Manila (the capital city of the Philippines), a person who had returned from Hong Kong.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Tuesday Apr 08, 2003

    SARS Spreading through Hong Kong: So far!

    Hong Kong, China
    Tuesday Apr 08, 2003

    On April 8, SARS started to plague the Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate near Amoy Gardens in Kowloon. Hong Kong health officials warned that SARS had spread so far domestically and abroad that it was here to stay.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Wednesday Apr 09, 2003

    SARS Spreading through Hong Kong: James Salisbury (American's Death)

    Hong Kong, China
    Wednesday Apr 09, 2003

    On April 9, James Earl Salisbury died of SARS at a hospital in Hong Kong. An American Mormon and a teacher at Shenzhen Polytechnic. He had been sick for approximately one month before his death, but he was originally diagnosed with pneumonia. His son Michael "Mickey" Salisbury was with him in China and also contracted the disease, but he survived it. Salisbury's death led to more open admissions by the Chinese government about the spread of SARS.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Friday Apr 11, 2003

    SARS Spreading by global air confirmation

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Friday Apr 11, 2003

    On April 11, the World Health Organization issued a global health alert for SARS as it became clear the disease was being spread by global air travel.


  • Hanoi, Vietnam
    Friday Apr 11, 2003

    SARS Containing in Vietnam: Hanoi French Hospital shutting

    Hanoi, Vietnam
    Friday Apr 11, 2003

    Hanoi French Hospital shut its doors completely after the last patient's death on April 12.


  • British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver, Canada
    Saturday Apr 12, 2003

    Breaking Genetic code of the virus

    British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver, Canada
    Saturday Apr 12, 2003

    On April 12, Marco Marra, director of the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, which is part of the British Columbia Cancer Agency, announced that scientists at his centre had broken the genetic code of the virus suspected of causing the disease.


  • Toronto, Canada
    Saturday Apr 12, 2003

    SARS New infections in Canda

    Toronto, Canada
    Saturday Apr 12, 2003

    In Toronto, three more people died of SARS, bringing the Canadian death toll to 13.


  • Dinner, a village near Bangalore, India
    Wednesday Apr 16, 2003

    SARS reaches India

    Dinner, a village near Bangalore, India
    Wednesday Apr 16, 2003

    On April 16, Doctors were surprised to discover the occurrence of at least two cases of SARS in Dinner, a village near Bangalore, India.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Wednesday Apr 16, 2003

    The virus has a name SARS

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Wednesday Apr 16, 2003

    On April 16, the WHO issued a press release stating that the coronavirus identified by a number of laboratories was the official cause of SARS. The virus was officially named the SARS virus ( The Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus )


  • China
    Sunday Apr 20, 2003

    SARS spreading through China: More transparency

    China
    Sunday Apr 20, 2003

    On April 20, Beijing's mayor and the health minister of the PRCwere replaced respectively by Wang Qishan and the former deputy health minister Gao Qiang. In the news conference chaired by Gao Qiang several hours earlier, the PRC admitted that in Beijing there were more than 300 cases, as opposed to the previous figure of only 37.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Tuesday Apr 22, 2003

    Hong Kong: Schools reopening

    Hong Kong, China
    Tuesday Apr 22, 2003

    On April 22, schools, in Hong Kong, started to reopen in stages.


  • Beijing, China
    Wednesday Apr 23, 2003

    SARS spreading through Beijing: Schools closure

    Beijing, China
    Wednesday Apr 23, 2003

    On April 23, Beijing announced that all primary and secondary schools would be closed for two weeks. A few days before, some colleges in Peking University had been closed because some students had been infected.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Wednesday Apr 23, 2003

    WHO Travel Advisories Updates

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Wednesday Apr 23, 2003

    On April 23, The WHO issued travel advisories against Beijing, Toronto, and Shanxi Province.


  • Taipei, Taiwan
    Friday Apr 25, 2003

    SARS spreading through Taiwan

    Taipei, Taiwan
    Friday Apr 25, 2003

    On April 25, Taipei city government closed Taipei Municipal Hospital Hoping branch, and quarantined its 930 staff and 240 patients for 2 weeks. Later, people were relocated and the building sanitized.


  • Beijing, China
    Friday Apr 25, 2003

    SARS Spreading through China: Closing entertainment venues

    Beijing, China
    Friday Apr 25, 2003

    On April 26–27, Chinese authorities closed down theatres, discos, and other entertainment venues in Beijing as the death toll in Beijing continued to rise, threatening to become the worst-hit area of the country


  • Zurich, Switzerland
    Saturday May 03, 2003

    FIFA moves women's world cup to USA

    Zurich, Switzerland
    Saturday May 03, 2003

    On May 3, the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup was abruptly moved to the United States due to the outbreak.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Sunday May 04, 2003

    SARS Infections dropping in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong, China
    Sunday May 04, 2003

    On May 4, the newly infected number of people in Hong Kong dropped to a single digit.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Tuesday May 20, 2003

    WHO refused to lift tourism warning!

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Tuesday May 20, 2003

    On May 20, the WHO refused to lift the Tourism Warning for Hong Kong and Guangdong.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Friday May 23, 2003

    WHO lifted tourism warning from Hong Kong

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Friday May 23, 2003

    On May 23, after a recount of the number of SARS patients, the WHO lifted the Tourism Warning from Hong Kong and Guangdong.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Saturday May 24, 2003

    SARS spreading stops at Hong Kong

    Hong Kong, China
    Saturday May 24, 2003

    On May 24, the number of newly infected patients reached zero for in Hong Kong, the first time since the outbreak in the territory in March.


  • Toronto, Canada
    Saturday May 24, 2003

    New SARS suspected infections spread through Toronto

    Toronto, Canada
    Saturday May 24, 2003

    On May 24, a new cluster of about 20 suspected patients was reported in Toronto.


  • Toronto, Canada
    Thursday May 29, 2003

    Canada takes serious quarantine step against SARS

    Toronto, Canada
    Thursday May 29, 2003

    By May 29, more than 5000 people were quarantined in Canada by authorities seeking to control the potential spread of the SARS outbreak.


  • Singapore
    Saturday May 31, 2003

    Singapore was removed from WHO's list of infected areas

    Singapore
    Saturday May 31, 2003

    On May 31, Singapore was removed from WHO's list of 'Infected Areas'.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Monday Jun 23, 2003

    Hong Kong was removed from WHO's list of infected areas

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Monday Jun 23, 2003

    On June 23, Hong Kong was removed from WHO's list of 'Affected Areas', while Toronto, Beijing, and Taiwan remained.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Saturday Jul 05, 2003

    SARS outbreak contained

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Saturday Jul 05, 2003

    On July 5, WHO declared the SARS outbreak contained and removed Taiwan from the list of affected areas. There had been no new cases for 20 days although around 200 people were still hospitalized with the disease.


  • Singapore
    Monday Sep 08, 2003

    SARS distinct infections case in Singapore

    Singapore
    Monday Sep 08, 2003

    On Sep 8, Singapore announced that a post-doctoral worker in a SARS research lab in the National University of Singapore had contracted the disease while working on another virus but recovered shortly thereafter.


  • Singapore
    Wednesday Dec 10, 2003

    False quarantine in Singapore

    Singapore
    Wednesday Dec 10, 2003

    A researcher in a SARS lab in Taiwan was found infected with SARS after returning from Singapore attending a medical conference. As a consequence, 74 people in Singapore were quarantined but none of them were infected.


  • Guangdong, China
    Saturday Dec 27, 2003

    SARS China Suspected a new Case

    Guangdong, China
    Saturday Dec 27, 2003

    On Dec 27, China announced the first suspected case of SARS in six months in Guangdong in an individual who was not a SARS researcher.


  • China
    Saturday Jan 10, 2004

    Another SARS infection found in china

    China
    Saturday Jan 10, 2004

    A restaurant worker in Guangdong was confirmed as the second wild source SARS since the outbreak was contained.


  • Guangzhou, China
    Saturday Jan 17, 2004

    Third new case in China

    Guangzhou, China
    Saturday Jan 17, 2004

    China announced a third case of SARS in Guangzhou.


  • China
    Saturday Jan 31, 2004

    Fourth new SARS infection in China

    China
    Saturday Jan 31, 2004

    On January 31, China announced the fourth case of SARS as a 40-year-old doctor from the southern city of Guangzhou.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Wednesday Apr 21, 2004

    WHO last report

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Wednesday Apr 21, 2004

    WHO announced that cumulative number of cases reached 8096 and number of deaths reached 774.


  • China
    Friday Apr 23, 2004

    New SARS Death in China

    China
    Friday Apr 23, 2004

    On April 23, China announced that a 53-year-old woman had died on April 19, its first SARS death since June. Two other cases were found, who were both healthcare workers, one of which was the deceased woman's daughter. The outbreak originated from a researcher working on the SARS virus in a lab at the Institute of Virology in Beijing, who inadvertently caught the disease and ended up spreading it to the nurse taking care of him.


  • China
    Saturday May 01, 2004

    New SARS infections in China

    China
    Saturday May 01, 2004

    On May 1, Two additional confirmed cases of SARS and three additional suspected cases were reported in Beijing, all related to a single research lab. The total number of cases was six.


  • China
    Sunday May 02, 2004

    More cases in China

    China
    Sunday May 02, 2004

    On May 2, China announced the three suspected cases as genuine cases of SARS, bringing the total cases in a recent outbreak to nine. 189 people were released from quarantine.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Wednesday May 19, 2004

    WHO announced China as free of SARS

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Wednesday May 19, 2004

    On May 19, As no new infections had been reported in a three-week period, WHO announced China as free of further cases of SARS.


  • New York, U.S.
    Sunday May 15, 2005

    Status of SARS as of May 15, 2005

    New York, U.S.
    Sunday May 15, 2005

    No new cases of SARS has been reported through 2005 or in late 2004.


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