SARS Battle Strains U.S. Health System

May 12, 2003
by Lauran Neergaard

Keeping SARS from spreading in the United States is straining the already besieged public health system, and it's partly a matter of luck that this newest killer so far has been contained here. The question is how long that luck will hold -- and at what price. Health departments that already were struggling to deal with bioterrorism and West Nile virus say their ability to protect against more common threats today is compromised.

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