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Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Animals, droplets: Most sars spread appears to be through contact with infected animals, probably inhalation of feces (bat guano). There are cases of human to human con ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
NICD website: HealthTap is receiving many questions about COVID-19 from South Africa, where so far it is rare (11 cases as of 16 March). We have no knowledge about ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Worry a little: You can get COVID-19 virus from any close contacts who are contagious, or get it by hand to mouth/nose if your hands pick up viruses from surfaces. We ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience in Family Medicine
SARS: Severe acute respiratory syndrome (sars) is a viral respiratory disease in humans which is caused by the sars coronavirus.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience in Pediatrics
Any flu...: ...Can be fatal in rare cases. Swine flu had a higher mortality in otherwise healthy individuals than the strains of flu active in recent years, but i ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
15 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Virus: SARS is a severe acute respiratory infection caused by a coronavirus. There were several cases in 2003 and 2004 but no documented infections since th ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Ebola - virus: See: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2791500/india-inadequately-prepared-ebola-fear-medical-experts.html. It's indicated that ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
34 years experience in Pediatrics
Well..: Smallpox ended as a result of an aggressive world wide vaccination program. Polio is essentially gone in the U.S. due to vaccination efforts, but is ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
Viral vs bacterial: SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) was caused by mutated coronavirus. Infected people first developed systemic symptoms, e.g., fever, malaise, ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Mosquito bite: West Nile Virus is a mosquito borne infection that originated in the tropics. It causes a flu-like syndrome in 20% of those infected . It causes neuro ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Nonspecific: The symptoms are generally myalgias, fever, chills, cough, and confusion, which can be present in nearly any systemic viral infection, and can present ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
No: It is transmitted through contamination of air. Transmission from birds to humans requires close contact with infected birds. Properly cooked chicke ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: It's more dangerous for the young and old with weaker immune systems, and it's not common, but it is certainly possible.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Only 1% have severe: sx. Most people don’t have sx’s w West Nile virus. Mild sx’s occur in about 20% of people; which can include fever, eye pain, generalized body aches, ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Suspicion + PCR: Sars is very rare, and you are unlikely to ever see or know anyone who has it... However, if someone is traveling to the us from an endemic area or th ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
No: Different influenza strains.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Akl answered
30 years experience in Infectious Disease
Coronavirus: The SARS virus belongs to the family of coronaviruses, hence its name.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bin Sung
Dr. Bin Sung answered
33 years experience in Pediatrics
Lifetime: As long as you live, the virus stays with you mostly in dormant stage and occasionally flares up.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: This affliction that surfaced in 2003 created quite a stirr & fear that it would become an international pandemic. The gene sequence and identificatio ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
West Nile Virus: Typically, west nile virus spreads to humans via infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. You can not get i ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sacher
32 years experience in Pain Management
Bronchoscopy: Chest x-ray, bronchi alveolar wahings from bronchoscope, sputum culture.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Mayo
47 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
No: SARS is a severe acute respiratory syndrome caused by coronavirus and first described in Asia.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andreas Kogelnik
20 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes: Absolutely, in recent years west nile virus has been in epidemic mode sweeping from the east coast of the us to the west. Encephalitis is present on ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Flu like: Sars starts like a cold or flu with fever, body aches, sore throat, cough, then progresses to shortness of breath and eventually if it becomes full-bl ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Coronavirus: SARS-CoV is the specific virus.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
21 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: While no vaccine is 100% effetive, the h1n1 vaccine is highly effective at preventing infection with h1n1 virus, and preventing death and serious illn ... Read More
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A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience in Addiction Medicine
No, yes, yes: Influenza tends to start in the late fall, peak through the winter and taper off in the spring. Sars occurred over 1.5 years and had sporadic outbrea ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
No: Totally different viruses.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Local spread: Animal to human spread (in this case bats to humans) was in Asia as that is where the animal reservoir for the virus was. Sars-cov could spread to ba ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience in Pain Management
West nile virus: This can be very dangerous as it causes a viral encephalitis. This can result in coma and death.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience in Pediatrics
Rabies transmission: Per the Centers for Disease Control: The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Clifford
42 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes: Healthcare providers take risks everyday to take care of patients with potentially lethal diseases. We take precautions, especially when dealing with ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience in Internal Medicine
No: Avian flu is an airborne disease. You must breathe it in. It attacks the lungs.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Supportive measures: There is no treatment for the viral infection itself, we simply support failing organs and provide adequate fluid and nutrition until the illness has ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Supportive care: Supportive care and respiratory and contact isolation - there is no effective antiviral drug.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience in Infectious Disease
See below: SARS was an explosive outbreak of adult respiratory distress syndrome that started in Hong Kong in 2003. Within weeks of the outbreak it was determin ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Clifford
42 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
No: There is no cure or effective treatment for sars. Supportive care and one's innate immune system are the only way to survive this deadly virus.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
24 years experience in Internal Medicine
Supportive: Severe acute respiratory syndrome (sars) is a viral illness from the same family as some cold viruses. It can cause respiratory failure & death.There ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Clifford
42 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Absolutely not: There are no drugs which treat sars so there was no way to profit from a random outbreak of a devastating viral infection. Ascribing evil intent to ph ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
24 years experience in Infectious Disease
SARS: I'd be more concerned over the smog than sars. But to answer question sars is severe acute respiratory syndrome (sars) is a serious form of pneumo ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience in Addiction Medicine
CDC says...: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars/guidance/i/patients_home.htm i'll let you read it rather than summarize. If you don't get it (i think its in lay term ... Read More

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