WHO WARNS TRAVELERS AGAINST BEIJING, TORONTO

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 24) - Travelers are
being advised to stay away from Beijing, north China's Shanxi province and the
Canadian city of Toronto in a bid to halt the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome - SARS.

The warning to postpone non-essential travel has come from the
World Health Organisation, which will re-examine its advice in three weeks.

The Geneva-based UN health agency has already advised against
travel to Hong Kong and neighboring Guangdong province in southern China where
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is believed to have begun.

The virus has claimed nine more lives in China, which has
reported 147 new cases, while Canada has announced a 15th death and eight new
cases.

April 24, 2003

Radio Australia: http://abc.net.au/ra

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