Poised for Takeoff?

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Science  04 Jun 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5676, pp. 1430-1432
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5676.1430

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BEIJING-- Several forces have compelled the Chinese government to revamp its HIV/AIDS strategy. Some outside assessments have warned that China's epidemic is poised for takeoff and has all the ingredients for a major disaster. Officials are working with a new sense of urgency--sharpened by the recognition that China badly mishandled last year's outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).