August 18, 2011

Outbreaks Online: Tracking Disease in Real-Time

Bryan Walsh, Time

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Back in February 2003, if you subscribed to the ProMED e-mail list — a clearinghouse for intelligence about infectious-disease outbreaks — you might have seen quizzical messages about a strange spate of respiratory disease cropping up in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. Those messages — some of which were translated versions of news items appearing in the mainland-Chinese press before government censors stepped in — were the first public descriptions of what would later be known as severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS.

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