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Global death toll from SARS nears 100, WHO says.

GENEVA, April 8 Kyodo

The global death toll from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) stood at 98 Monday, with a total of 2,601 people having contracted the disease, the World Health Organization said.

Of the deaths, 53 are in Guangdong Province and elsewhere in mainland China, according to the U.N. health body. Twenty-three people have died in Hong Kong, nine in Canada, six in Singapore, four in Vietnam, two in Thailand and one in Malaysia.

Of the infected people, 1,268 are in mainland China and 883 are in Hong Kong.

WHO issued a rare advisory last Wednesday for travelers to avoid China's Guangdong Province or Hong Kong.
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Date:Apr 14, 2003
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