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WHO Wants 21st-Century Reporting Regs

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Science  02 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5620, pp. 717-718
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5620.717a

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Chinese authorities' initial dissembling over SARS--which included hiding patients in military hospitals and ambulances--is a model of how a country should not deal with a potentially deadly epidemic. Now the World Health Organization (WHO) is hoping such misguided behavior will provide much-needed impetus to revise a 52-year-old international treaty aimed at controlling global health threats.