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Can Only Asian People Get Sars
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Not frm virus itself: The virus itself doesn't cause discomfort or pain, but rather it is how our body responds to the virus (inflammation of the respiratory tract leading to secretions and respiratory congestion), and the tests we need to perform that will typically cause pain (phlebotomy, bronchoscopy, intubation, central line insertions, foley catheterizations, etc). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid endemic areas: Avoiding areas where there is an outbreak is the best way... But if you can't (i.e. You are a healthcare worker or are in the military), wearing an n95 mask when you are in the presence of people who may be ill + total contact precautions is recommended. (respiratory droplet and contact precautions). The cdc has a webpage: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncidod/sars/ with more detail. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How many people contracted sars worldwide during the 2003 outbreak? How many people died of sars worldwide?
Looks like: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2334/10/50 8422 cases and 916 deaths.Get a more detailed answer ›
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