Date: 2003-04-27 20:51:05
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Firstly, SARS is most likely viral, not bacterial. The fact is that there is no good evidence as to the exact agent(s) which result in SARS. Current evidence indicates it may not be the corona virus as originally suggested because many SARS patients show no evidence of corona infection. It may even be caused by a prion. Although diet and general health are important factors in disease prevention, they are certainly ineffective against small pox and many other diseases. So until we know exactly what we are dealing with, quarantine is the only defense. In China and Hong Kong, the SARS syndrome certainly has reached epidemic proportions and it behooves us to prevent it from becoming so here.