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SARS virus, conceptual computer artwork. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is an often fatal lung disease that first appeared in China in 2002. The SARS virus is a coronavirus, and here is represented as rows of 'space invaders' attacking a chicken (bottom). Birds, such as chickens, are one of the natural reservoirs for this virus. Spread of the virus from birds to humans is one way that a new SARS epidemic outbreak might take place.
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