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SARS Tears

Having SARS may make you want to cry, but if you do, youcould infect others, since the SARS virus has been found inthe tears of infected people. Hopefully, a vaccine will beready before SARS arrives in the U.S.

Doctors have found that tears can be used as a way toidentify SARS patients early, before they can infect manyother people. Researchers say, "Even as the epidemic hasdied down, we are warned of future outbreaks. This may be asimple tool in identifying probably cases in future andprospective trials are being designed for this purpose."

Researchers have developed a nasal spray version of the SARSvaccine. It hasn't been tested on humans yet, but it worksin monkeys. This is the third vaccine that has beendeveloped and the best one so far. The first two requiredtwo doses to work, while the nasal vaccine only needs one dose.

Researcher Brian Murphy says, "?We hope to develop avaccine?that could be used to rapidly immunize firstresponders and other medical personnel, helping them controla potential outbreak."

In the meantime? Keep washing your hands. Researchers thinkthe reason SARS never reached Japan is because it's a nationof hand washers.

Stay safe: Don't share your beautiful newunknowncountrymug with anyone!

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