SARS Cases in China Surge China fires its health minister and the mayor of Beijing after the government reports a jump in SARS-related deaths and a tenfold increase in the number of infected people in the capital. Severe acute respiratory syndrome, a flu-like illness that has killed more than 200 people and infected almost 4,000 worldwide, is believed to be caused by the coronavirus, which also causes the common cold. Hear NPR's Rob Gifford.

Top Chinese Officials Fired After SARS Cases Surge

SARS Cases in China Surge

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China fires its health minister and the mayor of Beijing after the government reports a jump in SARS-related deaths and a tenfold increase in the number of infected people in the capital. Severe acute respiratory syndrome, a flu-like illness that has killed more than 200 people and infected almost 4,000 worldwide, is believed to be caused by the coronavirus, which also causes the common cold. Hear NPR's Rob Gifford.