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May 05, 2009

Lessons From SARS

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Mexico is preparing to lower the swine flu alert, but health care workers around the world are still on edge. Greg Bruce knows that feeling well. In 2003, he was a paramedic in the Toronto area who responded to a routine emergency call. A couple of days later, Greg started showing symptoms of what was then being called an "atypical flu." 

Greg ended up being infected with "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome," or SARS. When he finally recovered, Greg became an expert in infection control. Now he works to make sure that paramedics on the front lines know just how to handle something highly contagious like swine flu. Greg talks with Dick Gordon about his reflections on the outbreak of 2003, and how things are different this time around.

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