Beijing Shuts Down Public Venues to Stop Spread of SARS

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Officials close theaters, cafes and other entertainment venues in Beijing in an effort to fight the spread of SARS, the deadly respiratory disease that has killed more than 130 in China and 290 around the world. In Toronto, where WHO officials have warned travelers to avoid, the death toll from SARS rises to 20. Hear NPR's Rob Gifford, NPR's Richard Knox and epidemiologist Michael Osterholm.



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