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On March 14, 2003, the WHO issued a global warning to health authorities about a new atypical pneumonia called SARS. The earliest case was believed to have originated in the Guandong province of China on November 16, 2002. The causative agent was identified as a new Corona virus—SARS-CoV (80,81). By the end of June 2003, 8422 cases had been reported from 31 different countries, with a total of 916 deaths. Approximately 92% of cases occurred in China (including Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao). The case fatality rate varied from less than 1% in people younger than 24 years, 6% in persons aged 25-44 years, 15% in those aged 44-64 years, and more than 50% in persons 65 years or older. On July 5, 2003, the WHO reported that the last human chain of transmission of SARS had been broken and lifted the ban from all countries. However, it warned that everyone should remain vigilant, because a resurgence of SARS is possible. Their warning was well given because in December 2003, a new case of SARS was detected in China. At the time of this writing, three more cases have been identified. Knowledge about the epidemiology and ecology of SARS-CoV and the disease remains limited; however, the experience gained from the previous outbreak enabled the disease to be contained rapidly, which is reflected in the few cases reported since December 2003. There is still no specific treatment or preventative vaccine that has been developed.

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