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Sars: 10 years on

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CARDIOLOGIST Daniel Yeo, 39, feared the worst when, just after he became infected with Sars, his wife also came down with a fever.
ALTHOUGH talking about her late husband's death still brings back painful memories and tears, Associate Professor Koh Woon Puay continues to do so.
ONE of virologist Lynette Oon's most vivid memories of Sars was the sight of "a huge mountain of stool samples" in the laboratory at the peak of the 2003 epidemic.
MATHS teacher Cathy Kong greets life with a sunny ebullience, one that matches her startlingly orange windbreaker.
THEY might have survived fei dian, as Sars is known in Chinese, but the nightmare continues for about 300 former patients based mainly in Beijing.
Ms Andrea Lim was 11 years old when her godmother infected her with severe acute respiratory syndrome, or Sars, 10 years ago.
Singapore has strengthened its defences against infectious diseases since the lethal outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) a decade ago, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday.
Tan Tock Seng Hospital, the Sars-designated hospital during the 2003 epidemic, paid tribute to healthcare workers who battled the crisis a decade ago, at a commemoration event on Wednesday.
HONG KONG - Runaway sales of a humble cooking ingredient were the first sign that something was wrong.
The patient was sick with pneumonia, but her doctors at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) somehow had a feeling that it was not the garden variety.

Days of terror and despair


March 15 is the tenth anniversary of the day that the deadly Sars virus was given its name. We revisit the early days of the outbreak and the panic it caused in the weeks that followed.

Events this year


NHB'S Resilience Through Heritage Exhibition On Sars

When:
From May 31, 10am - 6pm daily


Remembering Sars: 10 Years On
When:
March 21-24, 10am - 6pm


Sars: A Decade On. Courage · Inspiration · Hope
When:
March 21 - April 20


Click here for details

Fact box


What is severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars)

It is a severe form of pneumonia - an inflammation of the lungs due to an infection by Sars coronavirus, a strain first identified in 2003. The name Sars was coined by the World Health Organisation on March 15, 2003.

Number of cases reported
Between November 2002 and July 2003, a total of 8,096 cases were reported globally. In Singapore, 238 people were infected.

Number of lives claimed
Sars killed 774 people worldwide, including China (349 deaths), Hong Kong (299 deaths), Canada (43 deaths), Taiwan (37 deaths) and Singapore (33 deaths).

How Sars started
Bats were likely the original host of the virus. Both bats and civet cats were harvested for their meat and served as delicacies in China.

How Sars is transmitted
People get infected when they come into close contact with the body fluid of an infected person.