` this strain had yet to be seen in humans
SARS is a ZOONOSIS - a cross over from animals to humans
` civic cats - eat coffee beans, digest outer fiber, processes beans, comes out the other
end, produces most flavoured coffee (delicacy)
` these cats are also eaten in China - likely that's how the first passage to human
15.People are getting ill, no-one knows what this illness is, or how to treat
16.Some places (e.g. Toronto) decided to shut down the healthcare system - only
emergency still open (most non-urgent surgeries were delayed, etc.)
17.Careful screening was done to make sure ppl didn't enter hospital unless due
attention was paid, etc.
18.Didn't want hospitals (warehousing frail & vulnerable people) to be a
congregation of rapid spread of SARS
19.Try to isolate, etc. - screened people entering, including employees
20.Medical school was largely shut down - city-wide, the climate in the health
profession was one of severe unease - obviously had to make a decision as to where to
put these people - Sunnybrook - a ward to put these people who are potentially deadly -
where they could be looked after - critical care
` bioethics - who to take care of these?
Toronto was an area of concern, people stopped visiting, should Torontonians stop
visiting if they're vectors of SARS, conventions were cancelled, tourism collapsed, etc.
` mayor made the blooper "Who? Who are they?"
` not a pretty time
21.Global phenomenon - not a massive outbreak in Toronto
22. In Hong Kong, however, and Beijing - much more serious; Singapore also
23.What the press reported was a cumulative total - steadily rising total even
though the number of cases was tapering off; a second peak, then things settled down
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome: In perspective...
24.November 2002 to July 2003
25.8,098 people worldwide probably had SARS in 29 countries, and 774 died
26.Canada: 438 probable cases, 44 deaths (all in Toronto)
27.Flu kills 750 - 2500 Canadians/year - triple that number die from flu-related
- "life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% fatality rate"
Learning from SARS: Renewal of Public Health in Canada
28.Also a clinical event - hospitals were where patients were concentrated;
health care workers also affected