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SARS: Introduction

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 »

Symptoms of SARS

Treatments for SARS

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SARS: Deaths

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Diagnostic Tests for SARS

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SARS: Complications

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Causes of SARS

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Disease Topics Related To SARS

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SARS: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and SARS

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Chronic lung diseases hard to diagnose: Some of the chronic lung diseases are difficult to diagnose. Even the well-knowns conditions such as asthma or lung cancer often fail to be diagnosed early. Some of the chronic lung diseases more »

SARS: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: SARS

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SARS: Rare Types

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SARS: Animations

Prognosis for SARS

Prognosis for SARS: Variable, ranging from mild to fatal.

Research about SARS

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Clinical Trials for SARS

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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.

Statistics for SARS

SARS: Broader Related Topics

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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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