The Truth About SARS

It's deadly, infectious and not going away. What we've learned about the virus and how scared we should be

So far, the U.S. has been lucky. It has been nearly six months since the SARS outbreak emerged and more than six weeks since the illness spread from its birthplace in southern China to put the world on alert. Yet with more than 4,800 cases in at least 26 countries to date, a disease that has rocked Asian markets, ruined the tourist trade of an entire region, nearly bankrupted airlines and spread panic through some of the world's largest countries has largely passed the U.S. by. Hospitals and schools were shut down last week in Beijing, thousands of people were put...

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