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Severe acute respiratory syndrome revisited

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 19 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:831

Global health alert

Your editorial states that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
has prompted the WHO to issue its first global alert for over a decade. As
I recall the last global alert, issued exactly 10 years and a month ago,
was for tuberculosis (TB). With 2 million deaths a year and rising TB
kills as many people every six hours as SARS has done since its first
description. Yet there are still no new drugs or vaccines on the horizon.

I hope the response to SARS will have better fortune.

Competing interests:  
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 April 2003
Peter D.O. Davies
Consultant Physician, Secretary TB Alert.
Cardiothoracic Centre, Liverpool L14 3PE