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Learning From SARS in Hong Kong and Toronto

C. David Naylor, MD; Cyril Chantler, MD; Sian Griffiths, MD
JAMA. 2004;291(20):2483-2487. doi:10.1001/jama.291.20.2483.
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The recurrence of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in China during 2004 has highlighted the continuing threat to human health from infectious disease outbreaks. A zoonosis caused by a novel coronavirus,1,2 SARS first emerged among humans in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong during November 2002. By March 2003, SARS had spread to neighboring Hong Kong and from there to Toronto, Ontario, and many other areas in a matter of days.

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