Russia reported its first case of SARS on its border with hard-hit China.
The first confirmed case of SARS in Russia, a man living in Blagoveshchensk on the Amur river, which forms the frontier with China, came as Chinese President Hu Jintao tried to persuade the world his country could contain the disease.
Hu told students in Moscow, at the start of a four-nation tour, that China had introduced strict measures to stop the spread of the deadly virus and that its economy was still expanding despite warnings SARS may knock two percentage points off GDP growth.
The SARS epidemic, which started in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, has killed about 745 people and infected more than 8,200 around the world.
The Russian case of severe acute respiratory syndrome was a blow to Hu's public relations campaign.