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SARS, Pneumothorax, and Our Response to Epidemics

Gregory A. Filice, MD
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Affiliations: Minneapolis, MN
 ,  Dr. Filice is Chief of the Infectious Disease Section, Medical Service, Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota.

Correspondence to: Gregory A. Filice, MD, Infectious Disease Section (111F), Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN 55417; e-mail: filic001@umn.edu



Chest. 2004;125(6):1982-1984. doi:10.1378/chest.125.6.1982
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In late 2002, the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus (CoV) jumped from feral animals to humans in the Guangdong province of China. This CoV strain had the capacity to spread from person to person, and many of the infected people became severely ill with SARS. The official toll from the multifocal epidemic that ensued was 8,422 cases and 816 deaths on five continents.1 This startling epidemic demonstrated the continuing risk of zoonotic diseases for humans and the awesome potential for emerging diseases to wreak havoc around the globe. SARS brought several ethical issues associated with new, severe epidemic diseases into sharp focus.

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