Emergencies preparedness, response

Information to Member States regarding goods and animals arriving from SARS-affected areas

11 April 2003

WHO is aware of concern over the possibility that SARS may be caused by contact with animals. WHO is therefore working closely with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Office International des Epizooties (OIE), to determine if there is any evidence to suggest that SARS-related disease has occurred in animals.

WHO, FAO and OIE have reviewed reports received regarding SARS transmission. To date there is no epidemiological information to suggest that contact with goods, products or animals shipped from SARS-affected areas has been the source of SARS infection in humans.

For the above reasons, WHO does not at present conclude that any goods, products or animals arriving from SARS-affected areas pose a risk to public health. WHO will continue to closely monitor the evolution of SARS, in collaboration with Ministries of Health and our partner agencies.