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Hong Kong Residents Share SARS Information Online

Five new cases of sudden acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, are reported in Hong Kong. At the epidemic's peak, there were dozens of new cases each day. The World Health Organization recently praised officials in that country for their openness in fighting SARS. But some residents say access to information was lacking early on, so they created their own Web site -- -- in response. NPR's Joe Palca reports.

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Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, "Joe's Big Idea." Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. Palca is also the founder of NPR Scicommers – A science communication collective.
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