Why Viruses are Hard to Kill

 China's Failing Health System
 Travel: SARS Flightmares
 SARS Riots: Quarantine Blues
 China: SARS is 'Make or Break'
 Is SARS Getting Deadlier?
 Beating Back the Bug
 China: SARS Nation
 Guangdong: Beating SARS?
 Hong Kong: System Failure
 Shanghai SARS Cases 'Secret'
 Viruses: Hard to Kill
 Hong Kong: Keep on Scrubbing

On Assignment: The SARS Outbreak

Fighting SARS, By the Numbers

How the Virus Spreads

How a Coronavirus Works

Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was elated. In a matter of weeks—not months or years—teams of scientists whose work was coordinated by the World Health Organization had managed to decode the entire genetic sequence of the new coronavirus now conclusively believed to cause SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome. "It's a scientific achievement that I don't think has ever been paralleled in human history," said Dr. Gerberding shortly before the April 16 announcement that the coronavirus's genetic fingerprint had been fully...

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