News of the WeekSARS OUTBREAK

Modelers Struggle to Grasp Epidemic's Potential Scope

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Science  25 Apr 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5619, pp. 558-559
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5619.558

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As the case toll climbed steadily toward 4000 earlier this week, scientists chasing the SARS outbreak conceded that their hopes for eradicating the disease were fading. Instead, they are asking how far and how fast severe acute respiratory syndrome will spread and whether it can be contained in relatively small outbreaks.