The mysterious respiratory illness that has infected dozens of people in a central Chinese city is not SARS, local authorities said Sunday.

The 2002-2003 epidemic of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) started in southern China and killed more than 700 people in mainland China, Hong Kong and elsewhere. SARS claimed 44 lives in Canada, with people working in healthcare particularly vulnerable.

Fears of a SARS recurrence arose this month after a slate of patients were hospitalized with an unexplained viral pneumonia in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province.


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