The SARS epidemic 10 years ago gave rise to faster, more advanced and more efficient ways to recognize and monitor zoonotic infectious diseases with pandemic potential. The outbreak spurred the World Health Organization to overhaul its regulations, said physician James Hughes, who at the time led the CDC's National Center for Infectious Diseases. Health professionals and researchers are better able to quickly identify pathogens, isolate patients suspected to be infected, prevent inter-country transmission of disease and share information between countries. However, many nations have yet to fully comply with the WHO regulations.
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