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UN cautions against SARS comeback

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[Rome, September 1, 2003] One AFP report stated that the UN Food and Agricultural Organization warned Monday that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) could reappear, and that the danger would remain so long as the source of the coronavirus that causes the deadly disease remains obscure.

China was the hardest hit country by this pneumonia-like disease. Of the world's over 8,000 documented cases, about 5,200 occurred in China. More than 800 people died of the disease. However, these estimates have been considered inadequate due to Beijing's efforts to cover up the extent of this epidemic.

The World Health Organization has warned that SARS may be seasonal like influenza, so finding an animal reservoir of the disease would be of great importance in regards to future prevention measures, the FAO said.

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