Woman dies of SARS in China


BEIJING -- Chinese authorities confirmed that a 53-year-old woman who died April 19 in Anhui Province was infected by SARS.

The death of the woman, who reportedly was the mother of a lab employee, was the first known SARS death in 2004.

According to the World Health Organization, authorities confirmed five SARS cases in China.

Four more patients with SARS-like symptoms are being tested.

All four had contact with someone with a confirmed SARS case.

Investigators believe the source of these cases may have been the National Institute of Virology in Beijing, where there is said to have been a lapse in safety procedures.

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