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Carmageddon Countdown: The Top Five Non-Disasters That Shook The Nation (page 2)

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sars laurent fievet Carmageddon Countdown: The Top Five Non Disasters That Shook The Nation

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SARS: Warnings of Severe acute respiratory syndrome swept the nation in 2002 after the disease infected some 8,000 humans, with 916 confirmed deaths.

Fear was sparked that the disease would cause  a pandemic of infections around the world similar to smallpox, and worried individuals promptly wore medical masks everywhere they went in public to avoid contracting the fatal disease. A short while after the first outbreaks, the disease was contained with the last known human case seen in 2003.

Thankfully, SARS wasn’t an epidemic, but a new fashion trend did sweep the nation.

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