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What exactly is sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome?

What exactly is sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome?

Novel coronavirus in: Sars or severe acute respiratory syndrome was an explosive outbreak of adult respiratory distress syndrome that started in hong kong in 2003. Within weeks of the outbreak it was determined that sars was caused by a novel coronavirus. It was found that this virus infected civets and horseshoe bats which were the zoonotic natural resevoirs. ...Read more

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What exactly is SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome)?

What exactly is SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome)?

Shortness of breath: Simply put, it is a respiratory illness caused by a virus (a coronavirus); there was an outbreak in 2002-2003, mostly in China, however there was cluster in Toronto as well.
WHO defines it fever + cough/ shortness of breath + infiltrates on x ray. Basically a pneumonia caused by a specfic virus. Blood tests confirming presnece of virus/ virus antibodies are also necessary. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and signs of severe acute respiratory syndrome (sars)?

What are the symptoms and signs of severe acute respiratory syndrome (sars)?

Unusual presentation: The prodrome is often somewhat prolonged, lasting for three to seven days and is characterized by fever (temperature ≥100.5ºf [>38ºc]) malaise, headache, and myalgias. Unlike many all other resp viral prodromes, most patients have no upper resp symptoms during this stage. At the end of this prodrome, the respiratory phase begins with a nonproductive cough, and may lead to dyspnea and resp failure. ...Read more

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What exactly is sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and what willit do?

What exactly is sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and what willit do?

Novel coronavirus: Sars or severe acute respiratory syndrome was an explosive outbreak of adult respiratory distress syndrome that started in hong kong in 2003. Within weeks of the outbreak it was determined that sars was caused by a novel coronavirus. It was found that this virus infected civets and horseshoe bats which were the zoonotic natural resevoirs. ...Read more

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Is sars still a clear and present danger (severe acute respiratory syndrome)?

No: The outbreak was confined and hasn't recurred and the source was also identified. It's highly unlikely to recur. However, there are always new potentially serious infections which are communicable to humans for which we need to be vigilant. ...Read more

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If you have SARS, you will have impaired Gas exchange right? How long does it take to improve and maintain the patient's respiratory status?

If you have SARS, you will have impaired Gas exchange right? How long does it take to improve and maintain the patient's respiratory status?

It depends: Impaired gas exchange would generally be a late feature of the disease, calling for critical care. It very much depends on the particular virus on how aggressive it is. The same is true for how long it takes for recovery. Younger patients, in general, have better prognosis. ...Read more

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Was the sars epidemic in 2003 "engineered" by the pharmaceutical industry a big hoax to for them to market their drugs?

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 pharmaceutical companies is a popular meme, but few industries can boast such an improvement in our everyday lives. ...Read more

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How frequent is severe acute respiratory syndrome?

How frequent is severe acute respiratory syndrome?

No longer seen: Are you referring to sars? The last reported case was in 2003.

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) on the other hand is in fact quite common and as mentioned is usually found in every adult medical icu. The treatment is low lung volume ventilation and treating the underlying cause. ...Read more

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What can I do to fight against sars?

Nothing: Sars, fortunately, has not been seen or heard from in over seven years. No need to do anything. ...Read more

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Can you explain about sars in details?

Can you explain about sars in details?

Novel coronavirus: Sars or severe acute respiratory syndrome was an explosive outbreak of adult respiratory distress syndrome that started in hong kong in 2003. Within weeks of the outbreak it was determined that sars was caused by a novel coronavirus. It was found that this virus infected civets and horseshoe bats which were the zoonotic natural resevoirs. ...Read more

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Why is sars mostly in asia. Does this mean it can't come to the us?

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 bats in the US (possibly), but as it has been 6 years since the last case I'd say that it looks like it won't. Human to human transmission occurred in the Canadian flavor of the virus but not in the US - but it certainly could happen if there was. .. ...Read more

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What can be the societal implications if sars was to break out again?

What can be the societal implications if sars was to break out again?

Quarintine: Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) is a serious respiratory infection caused by a virus. It was first recognized in early 2003 in asia. Since 2004 there has not been another outbreak, the virus is a potential threat. Sars is spread by people coughing and sneezing. Another outbreak would bring about another quarintine to try to eliminate spread to others. The cdc has more infomation. ...Read more

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Do people with sars have a lot of pain?

Do people with sars have a lot of pain?

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 more

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What is the difference between influenza and sars?

Totally different: While both diseases affect the lung, they are caused by 2 distinct viruses. Influenza is a common yearly seasonal infection. Sars was a rare onetime event which isn't likely to recur. ...Read more

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What can be done to prevent someone from getting sars?

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 more

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Why did the sars virus suddenly disappear?

Virulence: Like many very aggressive illnesses that kill all or most of their hosts, the sars coronavirus appears to have burned itself out. Additionally, the chinese government was very aggressive in eradicating any host species in areas that the disease was first seen. It didn't really "suddenly" disappear, but rather it gradually faded away. Influenza, tb, and malaria let their hosts live. ... ...Read more

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What is the difference between ARDS and sars?

What is the difference between ARDS and sars?

Definition: Adult respiratory distress syndrome is a condition which has multiple triggers and a complex pathophysiology. Sars is a viral infection which has the capacity to cause ards. ...Read more

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How many people were quarantined during the sars outbreak?

Where?: In the us, only those with confirmed disease were isolated, and there were fewer than 30 cases. ...Read more

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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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How was the sars outbreak an example of mass hysteria?

It wasn't: Panic surrounding this disease was justified because of the high contagion level and marked mortality. Hysteria you are describing occurs when there is no real offending agent, but by the power of suggestion people develop the same kind of symptoms for which there is no physiologic basis. ...Read more

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Is there a laboratory test for sars?

Yes: This affliction that surfaced in 2003 created quite a stirr & fear that it would become an international pandemic. The gene sequence and identification were worked our and a lab test designed. Some state health departments have this capability. Given the lack of further problems the issue seems to have faded.
See www. Cdc. Gov/ncidod/sars. ...Read more

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What type of virus is the sars coronavirus?

Coronavirus: The sars virus belongs to the family of coronaviruses, hence its name. ...Read more

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How would you compare and contrast sars with the swine flu?

No: "swine" or h1n2 influenza is a specific virus serotype. The specific viral serotype for sars was not identified as being the same virus. ...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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How is sars treated?

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 run its course. These can include specialized ivs, ventilators, hemodialysis, feeding tubes, etc. ...Read more

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