BEIJING -- China on Jan. 5 confirmed its first SARS case since the
disease was declared contained in July.
The Chinese Health Ministry said a 32-year-old television
producer in the southern province of Guangdong was diagnosed with
the respiratory disease. The World Health Organization in Beijing
also confirmed the case as SARS.
In related news, authorities in Guangdong ordered an emergency
slaughter of civet cats and related species in wildlife markets by
the end of the week because the animals are believed to be vectors
in the transmission of SARS to humans. All of Guangdong's wildlife
markets were ordered closed on Jan. 5.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong said it would boost its SARS prevention
measures in response to the news from China. Among other things,
all pneumonia cases will be tested for SARS and surveillance at
border checkpoints will be beefed up.
Already, visitors entering or leaving Hong Kong are required to
fill out health declaration forms and pass through infrared
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