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According to the CDC, there have been no reported cases of SARS anywhere in the world since 2004. The content in this course was primarily developed in response to the 2003 SARS epidemic. For the most up-to-date information, consult the CDC's SARS homepage at

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is a virulent pneumonia-like illness that made a sudden appearance in February, 2003, originating in southern China. Air travel and global business have spread handfuls of cases throughout the world, and the disease, caused by a newly emerged coronavirus, has the potential to create a global pandemic. The disease does not respond to any current medications, and so far the mortality rate is approximately 9

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