Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is an infectious respiratory condition
with initial outbreak in February 2003.
The symptoms of SARS start out with flu-like symptoms (e.g. fever, headache, etc.)
and then either the disease subsides
or it progresses to a severe respiratory phase.
This second phase is dangerous and can lead to acute respiratory failure and death.
Anyone with flu-like symptoms and prior contact with known SARS cases or travel
to known geographic SARS hotspots should seek immediate medical attention.
Preliminary mortality rate from CDC/MMWR is 3% of cases.
The condition is probably viral, most likely a coronavirus, but at this time information
about the condition is still incomplete.
The best methods of diagnostic testing or treatments for SARS are still unknown.
Researching symptoms of SARS: Further information about the symptoms of SARS is available including a list of symptoms of SARS, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of SARS, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.
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Last revision: April 4, 2003
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