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SARS - Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome: why is it affecting us now?

this is for a research paper, so anything that can be helpful is appreciated.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    SARS, Ebola, the deadly avian flu virus, and several other diseases threaten to become pandemic killers. Seems like there's a new one each year. Several theories exist as to why. One is that we're cutting down the rain forests at an alarming rate. Scientists have speculated that viruses are being disturbed that once lay dormant in the soils. Also, in several countries overseas, people live in very close proximity with fowl, such as chickens. Viruses mutate, and with humans interacting so closely with animals, they have more opportunities to "jump species" and infect humans. Then there's world travel. We're connected to other parts of the globe like never before in history. SARS is thought to be closely related to the 1918 flu epidemic that killed a million people or more. Below are a couple of sites for you to look at that may give you some ideas. I think if you parallel it to the 1918 epidemic and also note how much more we're exposed to other countries today via air travel, you'll have a great paper! Good luck...

    http://www.doomsdayguide.org/sars_pandemic.htm

    http://personals.galaxyinternet.net/tunga/SARS.htm

  • 1 decade ago

    Well, SARS is passed on through sex, and people do it a lot.

    It affects us now because it's getting passed on and millions of people are dying. We've got to find a cure asap!

    Source(s): Me.
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    1 decade ago

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