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
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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