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The World in Medicine
August 13, 2003

Sayonara to SARS—for Now

JAMA. 2003;290(6):740. doi:10.1001/jama.290.6.740-a

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 announced.

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.