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Respiratory Illness Prompts Health Alert

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Respiratory Illness Prompts Health Alert

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Respiratory Illness Prompts Health Alert

Respiratory Illness Prompts Health Alert

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A mysterious — and deadly — form of pneumonia emerges in Asia and spreads rapidly enough that the World Health Organization issues a global alert. The disease is highly contagious, resistant to antibiotic and antiviral drugs, and has killed at least half a dozen people. NPR's Jon Hamilton reports.