Prominent SARS doctor in Canada dies at 68

(AP) Prominent SARS doctor in Canada dies at 68
Dr. Donald Low, the public face of Toronto's response to the SARS outbreak in 2003, has died. He was 68.

Low, who became a trusted face and voice of the response effort, died Wednesday night after being diagnosed with a brain tumor this year. Allison McGeer, a former colleague, said Thursday he died with family at his side.

The SARS epidemic killed 44 people in Toronto and cost the city $1 billion in tourism. Outside of Asia, Toronto had the largest outbreak with almost 375 cases. During two outbreaks, more than 27,000 people were forced into quarantine.

Low's capacity to explain to the public what was going on in the fast-moving outbreak made him the face of Toronto's SARS response.


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