Emergencies preparedness, response

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - multi-country outbreak - Update 14

Update on cases and countries

Disease Outbreak Reported

29 March 2003

As of today, a cumulative total of 1550 cases and 54 deaths have been reported from 13 countries. This represents an increase of 65 cases and one death compared with the previous day.

WHO infectious disease specialist, Dr Carlo Urbani, the first WHO officer to identify the outbreak of this new disease and treat the earliest cases in Hanoi, died of SARS today in Thailand, accounting for the additional death.

The number of cases in Viet Nam remained at 58 for the sixth day in a row, indicating that the outbreak in Hanoi is well-controlled.

The largest increases occurred in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, with 45 new cases, and Canada, with 8 new cases. The United States of America reported 8 additional suspect or probable cases.