WPC SARS circular (PDF: 32K / 2 pages)
Inadequate Plumbing linked to spread of SARSWPC Report – WHO Informal Consultation
Meeting of Experts on SARS, Rome, Italy, 23-25 September 2003
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Report on the World Plumbing Council participation at the World Health Organization informal consultation on risk assessment and management of droplet transmission of microbial pathogens with special reference to the sanitation connection of SARS CoV transmission.
For specific information about WPC's participation in the WHO SARS meeting of experts in Rome contact Russ Chaney, Executive Director of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) at 5001 E. Philadelphia Street, Ontario, CA 91761-2816 USA • Tel: +1 909 472 4100 • Fax: +1 909 472 4241 • Email:
World Health Organization (WHO) SARS Press Release
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Inadequate plumbing systems likely contributed to SARS transmission
International SARS Symposium
The IAPMO Group together with the World Plumbing Council hosted a two-day international symposium on February 11-12, 2004, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA, exploring the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in relation to plumbing system design.
The International SARS Symposium was a forum for plumbing industry professionals, scientists, engineers and healthcare representatives to provide information on SARS, and to discuss and exchange ideas on how it can be prevented from spreading through the plumbing system.
The following items were covered:
Discussion of the Hong Kong Health Department’s report, which linked the outbreak of SARS to a sanitary system in the Amoy Gardens apartment complex, Kowloon Bay, in February 2003;
Discussion of the World Health Organization’s meeting on SARS held in Rome, Italy, in September 2003;
A selected number of papers examining the outbreak of SARS were presented; and
A compendium of papers was published together with findings from the symposium.