Basic Summary for SARS
Main name of condition: SARS
Other names or spellings: severe acute respiratory syndrome
What is SARS?
Brief description of SARS: Serious respiratory infection
Parent types of SARS: Respiratory conditions, Viral infection, Diseases contagious from droplets, Diseases contagious from surfaces
Organs Affected by SARS: respiratory, lungs
Who gets SARS?
Patient Profile for SARS: Mostly adults 25-70, but a few cases in children
Geography Profile for SARS: Various hotspots exist, and this is always changing: mainland China; Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Singapore
How serious is SARS?
Prognosis of SARS: Variable, ranging from mild to fatal.
Complications of SARS: see complications of SARS
What causes SARS?
Cause of SARS: Probably a virus: a previously unknown coronavirus, or another possibility is a paramyxovirus
Class of Condition for SARS: viral
Risk factors for SARS: see risk factors for SARS
What are the symptoms of SARS?
Incubation period for SARS: typically 2-7 days; perhaps up to 10 days (CDC)
Symptoms of SARS: see symptoms of SARS
Can anyone else get SARS?
Contagion of SARS: Probably droplet transmission from infected people; possibly contaminated objects or other methods.
More information: see contagiousness of SARS
How is it treated?
Treatments for SARS: see treatments for SARS
Prevention of SARS: see prevention of SARS
Last revision: April 4, 2003
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