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SARS in China spreads from Beijing to poorer inland provinces

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1056
  1. Jane Parry
  1. Hong Kong

    Hopes of containing the global outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) have been dealt a blow by the further rise in the number of cases and the wider spread of the virus in China. By 12 May, China accounted for 5013 of the world's total of 7447 cases. Of the worldwide death toll of 552, almost half (252) of the deaths have occurred there.

    Although the outbreak in Beijing is in itself worrying, the real cause for concern is the poorer inland provinces where the disease is now being detected, said Peter Cordingley, World Health Organization's spokesman in Manila.

    “The WHO's position is if we don't fix China we can't fix the world. Some of the …

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