WHO declares SARS epidemic under control
- By: Adrián González Aguirre
The World Health Organization declared that the epidemic of sudden acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is under control. According to Christine McNab, spokeswoman for WHO, the numbers of SARS cases are falling in all areas, but the outbreak will not end until no new cases are reported. She called for a continued state of high alert since any new unidentified case could lead to a new outbreak.
The announcement came while more than 1000 scientists, doctors, and experts were meeting in Malaysia at the WHO's global conference on SARS. In her opening address the WHO director general, Gro Harlem Brundtland, stated: “We have seen SARS stopped dead in its tracks.” She said that the SARS epidemic is slowing down, but the outbreak highlighted the weakness of public health systems all around the world. She also pointed out the fast international cooperation and thanked all health workers who helped in the control