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Commentary
May 26, 2004

Learning From SARS in Hong Kong and Toronto

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (Dr Naylor); Kings Fund, London, England (Dr Chantler); and Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, England (Dr Griffiths).

JAMA. 2004;291(20):2483-2487. doi:10.1001/jama.291.20.2483

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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