Reposted with permission from the TAMEST blog, which is run by the Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas. 

About SARS

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) emerged as a new human infection in South China in 2002, and ultimately caused over 8,000 infections and almost 800 deaths as it spread to five continents along airline routes. While the overall mortality rate from SARS during the 2002-03 pandemic was approximately 10 percent, the mortality among the elderly exceeded 50 percent. Subsequent outbreaks were reported later in 2003 with the latest outbreak in 2004 in China occurring as a result of accidental exposure in a laboratory.

Last Friday, the G8 Lough Erne Accountability Report was released by the UK government in the lead-up to the G8 summit happening at the end of this week.


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