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April 20, 2003
Go Transit advisory issued
Toronto and Halton Region public health officials today issued a precautionary
advisory to GO Transit commuters who may have been exposed to Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Toronto's Acting Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. Bob
Nosal, Halton Region's Medical Officer of Health, released the following
  • A person who has been diagnosed with SARS travelled on the GO train on two occasions while symptomatic.
  • The two occasions were: Union Station to Appleby Line, 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 14; Appleby Line to Union Station, 7:32 a.m. Tuesday, April 15
  • The person sat in a middle car on the second deck in a four person seating pod, with three other passengers in the immediate area for a 25 minute journey
  • Anyone who may have been exposed is asked to monitor their symptoms for the next five days, until April 25
  • Anyone in the specific area indicated on the train during these two trips who becomes ill with any SARS symptoms should isolate themselves at home and call their local health unit
  • The person had fever, but was not coughing during these trips and did not speak directly with any other passengers
  • On the Tuesday morning trip, the three other passengers in the pod discussed SARS and one was apparently reading from a communicable disease handbook

Dr. Yaffe and Dr. Nosal emphasized the low risk of exposure to passengers who
did not share the seating area with the SARS patient.

This general advisory is intended to reach specifically the six passengers who
shared the seating area and is a reminder to everyone to stay at home if they
are not feeling well.

Toronto Public Health has set up a hotline for SARS related inquiries at
416-338-7600, or call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 for more information
about SARS.

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