ALA Issues SARS Statement Regarding Toronto Conference

Apr 25, 2003

The American Library Association (ALA) has issued a statement in response to the threat of SARS in Toronto. They are currently evaluating reports from the city of Toronto, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) in an effort to maintain the safety and health of members, staff, exhibitors, and the wider library community. The ALA Executive Board recognizes the urgency of this matter and is looking at all options relating to the joint conference with the Canadian Library Association. As soon as further information is available, it will be disseminated widely. Health officials have urged the public to rely on official CDC and WHO information and the WHO has now extended its SARS-related travel advice to Toronto. As a precaution, the WHO issued temporary advice, which it will reassess in three weeks time (roughly May 14), that recommends persons planning to travel to Toronto consider postponing all but essential travel.

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