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The Legacy of Sars

Published on Jun 8, 2014 9:34 AM
A patient is wheeled into Tan Tock Seng hospital after being transferred from the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). -- PHOTO: ST FILE

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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