Introduction: SARS


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SARS: 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.

Misdiagnosis and SARS: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of SARS, or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

Treatments for SARS: Various information is available about treatments available for SARS, prevention of SARS, or research treatments for other diseases.

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Last revision: April 4, 2003

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