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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 [email protected].



While we do not provide SARS-specific information, OHPE co-producer THCU has a number of resources on risk communication at http://www.thcu.ca/infoandresources/risk_communication.htm. 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

http://www.cbc.ca/news/sars/

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



Government of Canada

http://www.sars.gc.ca

Includes both general information and information for health professionals.



Health Canada

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/protection/warnings/sars/index.html

Their SARS index page includes travel advisories.



HealthyOntario.com

http://www.healthyontario.com/english/index.asp

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



Hospital for Sick Children

http://www.sickkids.ca/familyinformation/section.asp?s=Talking%2Bto%2Byo... D=380&ss=What%2Bis%2BSARS?&ssID=5088

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



Medscape Today

http://www.medscape.com/medscapetodayhome

Offers a daily digest and news and resource collection.



Mental Health Support Network of Canada

http://www.cpha.ca/english/sars/sars_e.htm.

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



Minstry of Health and Long-term Care

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/

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



Toronto Public Health

http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/health/sars/index.htm

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



Warren Shepell Associates

http://www.warrenshepell.com/wsdocdls_sars.asp

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



Word Health Organization

http://www.who.int/csr/sars/en/

Information on SARS from an international perspective includes epidemic curves and cumulative maps. FAQs are at http://www.who.int/csr/sars/sarsfaq/en/.