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The unprecedented scientific resources focused on the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak are beginning to yield hints about how to fight the disease.

But in this article, Gretchen Vogel reports that, despite impressive progress, the most effective tool against the disease is the same as that used to fight 19th century cholera outbreaks: quickly tracing and isolating the contacts of patients before they spread the virus further.

Nevertheless, so far, this old-fashioned approach does seem to be paying off. And, according to some scientists, a sensitive diagnostic test to quickly identify people infected with the SARS coronavirus could be ready within a few weeks.

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Reference: Science 300, 1062 (2003)
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