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Mystery Illness Affecting U.S. Business

The mystery illness making its way through parts of Asia has affected U.S. business.

Analysts say production of Chinese-made electronics, Christmas toys and other items could slow down considerably if the disease isnĀ“t brought under control. High tech companies have been particularly affected. Motorola temporarily shut down the night shift at a Singapore plant when a worker came down with the disease. Some 300 co-workers at the plant have been quarantined. Intel and Hewlett-Packard closed their Hong Kong offices after employees were suspected of having SARS. Sun Microsystems canceled a trade show and product launch in Shanghai scheduled for next Monday.

More than 1,600 people have been infected with SARS worldwide, and at least 64 have died.