Sun postpones China show amid SARS fears

Amid growing fears of the flu-like disease known as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) that is sweeping through parts of Asia, Sun Microsystems Inc. has postponed its SunNetwork 2003 conference, originally scheduled to be held in Shanghai next week.

"In view of the fact that many international organizations have issued health and safety advisories, the SunNetwork 2003 conference originally scheduled to be held on April 8-9 has been postponed," Sun said in a statement on its Chinese Web site.

More than 4,000 people and 250 partner companies had registered to attend the SunNetwork conference in Shanghai, according to Sun. No future date was given for when the conference might take place.

Concerns over the rapid spread of SARS have prompted warnings about travel to parts of Asia. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advised that people planning to travel to China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam postpone their trips until further notice.

By March 31, 1,622 cases of SARS had been reported in 13 countries, with 58 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The greatest increase in new cases over the past week occurred in Hong Kong, the organization said.

Copyright © 2003 IDG Communications, Inc.

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