In early July, 5 months after the emergence of severe acute respiratory
syndrome (SARS), affecting more than 8400 people and killing at least 513,
"the human chains of SARS transmission appear to have been broken," the WHO
Although WHO officials pronounced the global SARS outbreak "contained,"
they cautioned—based on what experts know about other members of the
coronavirus family—that SARS could be a seasonal disease and return
later in the year.
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