HONG KONG — Tourism has taken another big hit from the dual affects of the World Health Organization’s statements on the outbreak of atypical pneumonia here and ongoing military action in Iraq. The pneumonia scare also could throw a pall over Interstoff Asia, which opens next week.

WHO last week issued an advisory to travelers, citing the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), reporting more than 300 cases in 13 countries. Hong Kong has the highest concentration of cases — 242, with six deaths. Authorities also have closed four schools after five students were hospitalized with respiratory illnesses.

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