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April 3, 2003
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): Toronto remains safe for tourists, business travellers
In the face of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the City of Toronto is
assuring anyone planning to travel to Toronto - either for pleasure or business
- that it is safe to do so.

"I want to assure tourists, business people and conference organizers that the
City of Toronto remains a healthy and safe travel destination," said Dr. Sheela
Basrur, the City's Medical Officer of Health. "The risk of SARS transmission
among the general population remains extremely low.

All SARS cases in Toronto are linked to exposure in a health care setting or
are related to travel in one of the endemic countries."

Extreme precautionary measures have been taken by all health institutions to
prevent the spread of SARS to the general community.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and capital of Ontario. With a population of
2.5 million people, Toronto is the cultural and economic centre of Canada and
is home to theatres, museums, large-scale convention centres and many national
headquarters and international corporate offices.

While the World Health Organization has issued travel advisories for China and
Hong Kong, it is important to note that NO SUCH advisory has been issued for
Canada or Toronto.

"The City of Toronto welcomes all visitors to this great city and I want to
assure everyone that the best medical minds in the country - and the world for
that matter - are working around the clock on SARS," said Deputy Mayor Case
Ootes. "We rely on this medical expertise daily and I say, with great
confidence, that Toronto is safe and remains open for business."

People can visit the City of Toronto's Web site for the latest information on
SARS and what the City and province are doing to contain it. Go to for more information.

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