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Dr. William Walsh
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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) (Definition)

SARS is a severe viral respiratory illness. It is contagious, and may be life-threatening. Common symptoms include cough, trouble breathing, and high fever. ...Read more


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How can one get sars?

How can one get sars?

Exposure: Exposure to the virus through inhalation or contact with contaminated fluids. Generally most exposures are in endemic areas only, and there are no cases since 2004. Person to person contact can occur, as can animal to person (bat guano to human). ...Read more

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How does someone get sars diagnosed?

How does someone get sars diagnosed?

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 there is an outbreak, most state labs and some reference labs can either do an eia or rt-pcr test on sputum, urine, or feces for the virus. As it is so rare other forms of pneumonia should be tested for as well - even in an outbreak. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of sars?

What's the best treatment to get rid of sars?

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 have been no cases since 2004.There is no cure; treatment is supportive, which includes maintaining blood pressure w fluids, maintaining good oxygen level (can require a ventilator), & keeping the patient going until the immune system fights it off. ...Read more

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Who is most likely to get sars coronavirus?

Currently, no one.: As the virus, which was first recognized in southern china, seems to have not recurred since the epidemic about 10 years ago that spread around the world killing about 700 people. This year, a handful of infections from a similar virus in the mideast have been reported but without the person to person spread. ...Read more

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What is sars?

SARS: Severe acute respiratory syndrome (sars) is a viral respiratory disease in humans which is caused by the sars coronavirus. ...Read more

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What was sars?

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 then. There is more info at the cdc website: http://www.Cdc.Gov/sars/. ...Read more

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How is sars spread?

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 contact through respiratory droplets (i.e. The toronto experience). ...Read more

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