SARS Leaves a Scar on Toronto

Even as the WHO lifts a travel advisory on Canada's largest city, the local economy's suffering is sure to continue for some time

For a city already struggling to contain its worst public health crisis in decades, the move was bound to prompt a sigh of relief. Just one week after the World Health Organization cautioned travelers to stay away from Toronto because of the risk of contracting severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), it reversed its stance. Although the disease had infected up to 264 people in Canada and killed 21 -- with several still in critical condition -- the U.N. agency decided to lift its warning against nonessential travel to Toronto as of Apr. 30 because it now feels the disease is truly contained. It insists it wasn't swayed by the loud, angry protests from city officials.

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