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Severe acute respiratory syndrome revisited

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

sudden or severe?

In light of the current problem, I (and others I've spoken to) have a
very trivial question. I read SARS to be the abbreviation of Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome in most instances (including this week's editorial in
the BMJ), and of Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome in others (including
last week's obituary of Dr Urbani in the BMJ). As the abbreviation is
starting to lead it's own life (like AIDS), it might be a good time to
decide what it stands for.

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24 April 2003
Philippe Beutels
Senior researcher
National Centre for Immunisation Research, University of Sydney, Westmead 2145 NSW, Australia