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Hong Kong Officials Cleared in SARS Deaths

Health officials in Hong Kong have been cleared of responsibility for the deaths of six health care workers during the SARS outbreak last year.

After a two week inquest, a jury concluded that the nurse, two doctors, and three hospital aides died of natural causes. The six were among 299 people in Hong Kong who died of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2003.

Families of the health workers had accused the hospitals of not providing proper training and equipment to limit their exposure to the deadly disease.

The six were honored last year for their bravery.

Some of this information provided by AP and AFP.