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Still Learning From SARS

Rima F. Khabbaz, MD
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From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M13-1587.

Requests for Single Reprints: Rima F. Khabbaz, MD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Mailstop D12, Atlanta, GA 30333; e-mail, rfk1@cdc.gov.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: R.F. Khabbaz.

Drafting of the article: R.F. Khabbaz.

Final approval of the article: R.F. Khabbaz.

Collection and assembly of data: R.F. Khabbaz.

Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(11):780-781. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-159-11-201312030-00011
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Eleven years ago, a novel coronavirus, branded “SARS” for the severe acute respiratory syndrome, sparked the first major global emerging infectious disease outbreak of the 21st century. This commentary discusses the events and successful global response surrounding the 2003 SARS outbreak, the lessons learned and enhancements made in the past decade, and the significant challenges that remain.

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