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The SARS epidemic caused nearly 800 deaths, and hit China's economy alone by an estimated $25 billion -- before the country's closer involvement in world markets. (Photo by Yuki Kohara)
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Coronavirus: Economic contagion is already rippling through Asia

Authorities scramble to limit fallout of the virus, now spread across 15 countries

WILLIAM YANG, Contributing writer, MARWAAN MACAN-MARKAR, AKANE OKUTSU and CLIFF VENZON, Nikkei staff writers | China

BANGKOK/MANILA/TAIPEI/TOKYO -- It was late December when Dorothy, a Wuhan resident, first began hearing stories about a mysterious surge in pneumonia cases in the city, an 11-million-strong metropolis in eastern China. Rumors spread quickly on social media, but the local government assured residents that the disease was "containable and curable," so she didn't worry unduly.

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