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TORONTO, Nov 26, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The Toronto Sun reports a seniors' home in Toronto has been designated a SARS "hot spot" by paramedics following two weekend deaths.

The deaths Saturday are considered to from an undiagnosed respiratory illness, and the city's public health department is investigating the cause further, the report said.

Another senior's home is also considered a "hot spot." Paramedics wear full head-to-foot protective gear to enter the facilities. No reason for the second home's designation was given.

The World Health Organization has warned SARS may return this winter.

If the cause of the deaths is influenza, there are tests that can quickly determine that, said Dr. Donald Low, a leader on Ontario's SARS containment team.

This may be the first in a string of SARS scares, Low said, adding, "I'm not thinking the worst."

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.

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