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Killer Pneumonia Virus Infects Birds, Humans & Other Animals

In April 2003, 80 people were reported dead and over 2300 people infected in 23 countries with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a virus first identified in poultry vendors and chefs in China's Guangdong province in November 2002. The virus, which has since spread to Hong Kong and North America, is similar to coronavirus, which can cause gut infections in humans, pneumonia in cattle, and infectious gut and respiratory infections in chickens and other birds. Guangdong health officials said the earliest SARS patients had been "in close and continued contact with chickens, ducks, pigeons and owls." The U.S. Centers for Disease Control warned it is "too early to know if a global pandemic of SARS can be avoided." - New Scientist, April 3, 2003.

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