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May 19, 2003

Albany- They talked about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, at a town hall meeting.

They say the SARS virus family has been around for a long time but never produced this type of severe infection. Doctors say they're getting the outbreak of the disease under control.

"It's a fallout from all the bio-terrorism surveillance that we do. Three or four years ago you wouldn't have hear about this infection so fast. With in three months this infection has now spread to 30 countries, about 7,000 cases, but we now know the virus that caused it, we know how to do infection control," admits Dr. Craig Smith.

643 people have died SARS since November, but there have been no fatalities in the United States.

Posted at 10:10 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com