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Sars fears force cancellation of Singapore show

The annual CommunicAsia IT conference and exhibition, due to take place in late June in Singapore, has been cancelled because of continuing concern over the regional outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars).

Organisers Singapore Exhibition Services said that the Sars outbreak in Asia had not stabilised and exhibitors and visitors had expressed concerns about their safety at the shows.

It appeared likely that visitor numbers would have been severely reduced in the light of World Health Organisation and US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention travel warnings.

Singapore reported 17 new suspected cases of Sars today (Thursday, and the government has placed 2,890 people under home quarantine to date.


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