Introduction: The Importance of the SARS Outbreak
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On 21 February 2003, Liu Jianlun, a 64-year-old physician and medical professor from Guangdong Province in the People’s Republic of China, checked into the Metropole Hotel in Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China. Dr Liu had traveled to Hong Kong to attend a wedding. The hotel assigned him a room on the ninth floor, Room 911. Before his journey to Hong Kong for the wedding, Dr Liu had been treating patients in Guangdong Province who were suffering from a mysterious respiratory illness. By the time Dr Liu arrived in his room on the ninth floor of the Metropole Hotel, he had started to feel unwell. Dr Liu was feeling feverish and had begun to cough.