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Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:12 PM

Nothing like this has ever happened before.

A blast from the past May5, 2003

Severe acute respiratory syndrome arrived in Gainesville, Fla., by airplane from Asia and was spread with a cough.

A 60-year-old Gainesville woman, whom the authorities declined to name, returned to Gainesville in late March after a visit to Beijing. She had a slight cough, but did not seek medical treatment until after she had coughed on and infected a co-worker, a 47-year-old woman.

Both women were hospitalized in early April but have since fully recovered, said Thomas Belcuore, health director for Alachua County. Neither showed signs of pneumonia and both are therefore still classified as suspect, rather than probable, SARS cases. They remain friends, Mr. Belcuore added.

In Massachusetts, the first of the state's 19 reported SARS cases was a 54-year-old Cambridge man who returned to the state on March 3 from a trip to Vietnam and Singapore. His symptoms were relatively mild, and he was never hospitalized. But a little more than two weeks later, a Springfield, Mass., woman brought home an adopted one-year-old girl from China who showed much more severe signs of respiratory distress. The girl was admitted to the Bay State Medical Center, where she spent four days in a negative-pressure isolation room. The child's aunt, who traveled to China with the adoptive mother, also came down with a suspected case of SARS.

A Santa Clara, Calif., man, who stayed in the now-infamous Metropole Hotel in Hong Kong was hospitalized on March 17 shortly after his return to the United States with symptoms of pneumonia. Later tests showed he had developed antibodies against a strain of coronavirus, thought to be the family of diseases at the root of SARS. His case was one of the most serious of the 58 known and suspected cases in California, which has more travelers from Asia -- and more reported SARS cases -- than any other state.

But federal health authorities and infectious disease experts say that the United States has escaped the full fury of the SARS epidemic, in part because of aggressive public health measures and in part because of sheer luck.

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