Quarantined Doctor in Toronto Describes SARS Disease

Residents of Hong Kong where the SARS pneumonia virus has been spreading rapidly are wearing surgical masks as a precaution.  Photograph © 2003 by AFP.
Residents of Hong Kong where the SARS pneumonia virus has been spreading rapidly are wearing surgical masks as a precaution. Photograph © 2003 by AFP.

"I think we might find that SARS causes quite a massive immune response on the part of the human host ­ that the virus is able to trick the sick human host and have it over react. ...Maybe the way this SARS disease hurts the host is almost like the host turning on itself (in an auto-immune way)."

- Donald Low, M. D., Chief of Microbiology, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada

 

April 4, 2003 Evening Update:

STATEMENT BY TOMMY G. THOMPSON
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Regarding Executive Order on Quarantinable Diseases

"The President today signed an executive order adding SARS to the list of quarantinable communicable diseases under the Public Health Service Act. The president signed the order after he received a detailed briefing on SARS from myself, Dr. Julie Gerberding of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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