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Airlines offering surgical masks on flights from Asia.

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Airlines are now offering surgical masks on flights from Asia to passengers seeking to protect themselves from the pneumonia virus.

United Airlines is reportedly offering masks to passengers departing from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, while Singapore Airlines will offer the masks to passengers and crews on flights from Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Hong Kong, as well as cities in Vietnam and Taiwan. Other carriers, including Korean Air, Thai Airways International and Cathay Pacific Airways, have also made the masks available.

The illness, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), has already killed about 80 people and infected some 2,300.

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