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Letter From the Editors: SARS-related Resources

Here is a brief roundup of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome(SARS) resources that have come to our attention this week.

If you have a resource to add, please email

While we do not provide SARS-specific information, OHPE co-producer THCU has a number of resources on risk communication at They will also offer workshops and tailored consultations to groups looking for information or assistance related to risk communication (services are available free of charge in Ontario).

Telephone Hotlines

* Health Canada's information line: 1 (800) 454-8302

* Toronto Public Health: (416) 338-7600

* Ontario Health INFOLINE: (888) 668-4636

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Canadian Broadcasting Company

Site includes recent stories, interviews, key resources and message boards.

Government of Canada

Includes both general information and information for health professionals.

Health Canada

Their SARS index page includes travel advisories.

Has a SARS feature page with articles, bulletins and contact information for INFOline and Telehealth Ontario.

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A SARS FAQ and tipsheet for parents talking to young children.

Medscape Today

Offers a daily digest and news and resource collection.

Mental Health Support Network of Canada

Information on dealing with the stress or fear you might feel because of SARS.

Minstry of Health and Long-term Care

Includes a link to workplace issues related to SARS and many frequen news updates.

Toronto Public Health

Backgrounders, recommendations, fact sheets and updates, in many languages.

Warren Shepell Associates

This compilation of resources from EAP consultants includes factsheets for employers and employees.

Word Health Organization

Information on SARS from an international perspective includes epidemic curves and cumulative maps. FAQs are at