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Fears Grow over SARS in Asia

U.S. embassy support staff in China and Vietnam are given permission to leave those countries due to growing concerns over a contagious form of pneumonia. The World Health Organization reports that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has killed 78 people and sickened nearly 2,300, mostly in Asia. NPR's Joanne Silberner, Richard Knox and Rob Gifford report.

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Rob Gifford
Rob Gifford is the NPR foreign correspondent based in Shanghai.
Joanne Silberner is a health policy correspondent for National Public Radio. She covers medicine, health reform, and changes in the health care marketplace.
Since he joined NPR in 2000, Knox has covered a broad range of issues and events in public health, medicine, and science. His reports can be heard on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Talk of the Nation, and newscasts.