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. ...more »
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Misdiagnosis and SARS
Sinusitis is overdiagnosed: There is a tendency to give a diagnosis of sinusitis,
when the condition is really a harmless complication of another infection,
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Whooping cough often undiagnosed: Although most children in the Western world have been
immunized against whooping cough (also called "pertussis"), this protection wears
off after about 15 years.
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Chronic lung diseases hard to diagnose: Some of the chronic lung diseases
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Prognosis for SARS
Prognosis for SARS:
Variable, ranging from mild to fatal.
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Clinical Trials for SARS
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and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.
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Prevention of SARS
Prevention information for SARS has been compiled from various data sources
and may be inaccurate or incomplete.
None of these methods guarantee prevention of SARS.
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Definitions of SARS:
Species of coronavirus causing atypical respiratory disease (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in humans; organism is believed to have first emerged in Guangdong Province, China, in 2002.
- (Source - Diseases Database)
A respiratory disease of unknown etiology that apparently originated in mainland China in 2003; characterized by fever and coughing or difficulty breathing or hypoxia; can be fatal
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)
SARS is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that SARS, or a subtype of SARS,
affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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