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WHO experts visit SARS-hit province

Concerned by the second suspected case of SARS, experts from the WHO are in Guangdong province to help authorities in their probe.

world Updated: Jan 10, 2004 19:09 IST

Concerned by the second suspected case of SARS, experts from the World Health Organisation are in Guangdong province to help local authorities in their probe for the origin of the virus.

Five of the 10-member joint team arrived in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong on Wednesday, including two WHO epidemiologists and some officials of the Chinese Health Ministry (MOH).

Robert Breiman, who is heading the WHO team, said the joint mission will look into the recent occurrence of the diagnosed SARS case in Guangdong, and their major concerns will center on the potential human, animal and environmental sources of the infection.

Sources at the Guangdong provincial health bureau said three Chinese experts and one WHO expert of the joint team were already in Guangdong, and another world agency's environmental expert from Canada will join the team today. The team is scheduled to stay in Guangdong for a week.

The WHO and the health ministry dispatched a joint team of experts to Guangdong on December 29, 2003, two days after the province reported a suspected SARS case.

First Published: Jan 09, 2004 11:09 IST