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Possible SARS near Rochester, New Case in Toronto

By Mark Scott

Rochester, NY – Health officials are investigating a suspected case of SARS -- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome -- in nearby Ontario County southeast of Rochester.

A part-time bartender at a Canandaigua bar began displaying symptoms of SARS after attending a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game earlier this month. He is being quarantined at his home.

Patrons of the bar are being asked to monitor their health.

In Toronto Sunday, it was learned that a nurse who is now being treated for the infectious disease rode a GO train twice last week.

While health officials say the risk of her passing on the respiratory illness is low, they are now trying to identify six passengers who sat near her on the second level of the double-decker train.

The nurse, who lives in Burlington and works in Toronto, took the GO train between Toronto's Union Station and Appleby Station in Burlington last Monday afternoon. She made a return trip Tuesday morning.

For the most part, Toronto-area worshippers appeared to take new SARS precautions in stride this past weekend. Most churches were packed Sunday for Easter services.

In some cases, people washed their hands with disinfectant before entering the buildings.

And, communion wafers were placed in worshippers' hands instead of being placed on their tongues.

Latest figures from the Ontario Health Ministry list 253 probable and suspected cases of SARS in the province.