The Legacy of Sars
Published on Jun 8, 2014 9:34 AM
Will Mers one day be as familiar to Singapore as Sars?
With the threat of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome entering Singapore, many Singaporeans’ thoughts have been turning to Sars.
Sars crept into Singapore like a thief in the night, on March 1, 2003 when the first patient was admitted. No one knew its name then. Just a collection of symptoms common to respiratory diseases, except the lungs were cloudy and showed patches.
On March 15, the World Health Organisation called it Sars. It sounds like the Chinese word for kill.
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