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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