Outbreak in Asia

International health officials are being confronted by everyone's worst nightmare: a highly contagious, potentially fatal disease of unknown genetic makeup and for which there is currently no antidote or vaccine. By Saturday, when the sudden spread of a mysterious strain of "atypical" pneumonia called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to issue an emergency travel advisory for parts of Asia, hundreds of cases had been reported in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Singapore's Ministry of Health issued an urgent advisory warning...

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