"The mission of every Infectious Awareables tie is to generate interest, discussion, even excitement about serious public health issues such as this silk extra long SARS tie in black. Believing that humor can be a powerful educational tool, Infectious Awareables neckties take an atypical, slightly irreverent approach to some very serious subjects." Shop and take pride in knowing that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to disease research/education. "Start the Conversation!" SARS. This emerging thing is getting a little too close! HIV, Ebola, Lassa, Marburg, West Nile, Monkey Pox... Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (is there an un Severe acute form ?). From November 2002 and July 2003, an outbreak of SARS in Hong Kong nearly became a pandemic, with thousands of cases and many hundreds of mortalities worldwide. Within weeks, SARS spread from Hong Kong to infect individuals in 37 countries in early 2003. As of today, the spread of SARS has been fully contained, with the last infected human case seen in June 2003 (disregarding a laboratory-induced infection case in 2004). However, SARS is not claimed to have been eradicated (unlike smallpox), as it may still be present in its natural host reservoirs (animal populations) and may potentially return into the human population in the future. A back-of-tie "Awareness Note" and a source citation are incorporated in the pattern design, which reads: "SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) appears to be caused by a virulent, emergent coronavirus that originated in animals and migrated to humans. The epidemic of 2003 was remarkable for its rapid spread, high mortality rate, the speed of genome ID, and the unprecedented global cooperation towards containment." "Original images provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA and/or other credentialed sources." Note: IA contributes a portion of proceeds to research, education or support associated with important non-profit public health agencies and organizations.