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  Mystery illness spreads around globe
Updated 17 March 2003, 20.33
Some people in China are wearing masks because of the bug
Doctors around the world are trying to control a mystery bug.

At the moment, health experts don't know what causes the illness - it could be flu or a type of virus or infection.

But they do know that it can turn into pneumonia - a serious breathing condition which can be extremely dangerous.

No need to panic

So far, four people have died from the bug - two people in Canada, one in Hong Kong and one in Vietnam.

Hospital staff in China are taking extra precautions
One British man is now thought to have gone down with the illness, after he flew back from Hong Kong.

But doctors in the UK say there is no need to panic. The man with the possible case in Britain is being treated at a specialist hospital with expert staff.

The only warning from some doctors is that people should think twice before travelling to the Far East at the moment.

Started in Vietnam

It's thought up to 200 people have been infected in the last week.

The disease may have started in a hospital Vietnam in February, when an American man died from it. Several staff caught the bug from him.

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