PORT LOUIS, Mauritius — Maybe it’s just a temporary boost, but with SARS affecting manufacturing centers in China and Southeast Asia, many manufacturers are looking for alternate production sites and countries like Mauritius appear to be the short-term winners.

There have been more than 7,700 reported cases of SARS infections to date worldwide, with 623 deaths, as of Saturday, according to the World Health Organization. In China, 5,209 cases and 282 deaths have been logged, and in Hong Kong, there are 1710 cases and 243 deaths reported. With the daily infection rate hovering at just under 100 people a day, China’s huge textile and apparel industry is suffering some serious setbacks.

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