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SARS Coronavirus

SARS or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome was discovered at the end of February 2003. The WHO (World Health Organization) developed an international investigation in conjunction with the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and worked collaboratively with health authorities in countries affected by this virus to provide epidemiological, clinical and logistical assistance as needed in each case.

SARS, like COVID-19, began in China, more precisely in the city of Guangdong, in mid-November 2002. Unlike other coronaviruses, it was found that this one in particular produces lung infections in specific epidemiological contexts and is very aggressive compared to other species of this virus family, in addition to having a significant degree of mutability, which hinders epidemiological forecasting and the possible development of a vaccine.

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