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Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)

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Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is caused by a virus called SARS-associated coronovirus. The disease first appeared in southern China in late 2002, then spread to 28 other countries, with 774 deaths from more than 8,000 cases. Transmission occurred mainly in hospitals and among families and contacts of hospital workers. As a result of public health measures, SARS outbreaks were able to be controlled. The last reported case of SARS occurred in China in April 2004. It is difficult to predict if a SARS epidemic will recur.

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