09/19/2013 08:28 EDT | Updated 11/19/2013 05:12 EST

Dr. Donald Low, SARS crisis expert, dies

Dr. Donald Low, a leading Canadian infectious diseases expert who rose to prominence during the SARS crisis a decade ago in Toronto, has died.

Low was the microbiologist in chief at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital.

After the 2003 breakout of severe acute respiratory syndrome, Low oversaw regular updates to the public about the syndrome, which eventually killed 44 people in Canada and nearly 800 worldwide.

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