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What was sars?

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

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

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 does sars differ from bacterial pneumonia?

How does sars differ from bacterial pneumonia?

Virus: Sars in caused by a virus, which is a different kind of infectious organism compared to bacterial pneumonia. One consequence of this is that there is no antibiotic treatment for sars, and one must rely on support of the patient until the infection runs its course. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of sars

What are the signs and symptoms of sars

Respiratory symptoms: In general, severe acute respiratory syndrome (sars), begins with a high fever (temp >100.4°f [>38.0°c]). Other symptoms may include headache, an overall feeling of discomfort, and body aches. Some people also have mild respiratory symptoms at the outset. About 10-20% of patients have diarrhea. After 2 to 7 days, sars patients may develop a dry cough. Most patients develop pneumonia. ...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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Is there a laboratory test for sars?

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 are the tests for sars?

What are the tests for sars?

Bronchoscopy: Chest x-ray, bronchi alveolar wahings from bronchoscope, sputum culture. ...Read more

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Do you know the syntomes of sars?

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-blown, respiratory distress and respiratory failure. ...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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Would you treat someone with sars or swine flu knowing you can possibly die?

Yes: Healthcare providers take risks everyday to take care of patients with potentially lethal diseases. We take precautions, especially when dealing with communicable diseases, but acquiring a serious disease comes with the territory. ...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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What medical treatment is recommended for patients with sars?  

Supportive care: Supportive care and respiratory and contact isolation - there is no effective antiviral drug. ...Read more

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Other then quarantine a patient, what are other treatments for someone infected with sars?

Other then quarantine a patient, what are other treatments for someone infected with sars?

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 determined that sars was caused by a novel coronavirus. There is no cure for sars it is treated by supportive measures. Corticosteroids, Alpha interferon and lopinavir/ritonavir have been used. ...Read more

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Has there been a cure developed for sars?

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. ...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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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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What is sars? Is sars fatal? Can living in a big city increase the risk?

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 pneumonia. It is caused by a virus that was first identified in 2003. It carries a very high mortality. Just go and be happy in the city. Live your life. Worrying only shortens it. ...Read more

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What has CDC recommended to prevent transmission of sars in households?

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 terms, I can recapitulate it). ...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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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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What exactly is sars?

Inflammation: Sars is a group of symptoms and vital signs that indicate a systemic inflammatory response on the part of the body. At a low end it may reflect a cold. At a high end it could portend a serious infection including bacteremia. Non-infectious causes such as inflammatory arthritis cans also be classified as sars. ...Read more

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How was sars treated?

Supportive care: There was no effective treatment or cure for sars, so treatment was to support the patient and hope their own immune system was strong enough to recover. ...Read more

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Does sars have a cure?

Not yet: There are several animal studies underway looking for an effective drug but at this time there are none. ...Read more

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How can sars be treated?

No cure: Treatment for SARS focuses on providing relief of symptoms and complications while the patient's body fights the SARS virus. There is currently no cure that can kill the virus, treatment may require hospitalization for intensive supportive care, including providing patients with IV fluids, medications, and breathing support. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of sars?

It is: Severe acute respiratory syndrome. There were outbreaks in Hong Kong in 2003. It is like the flu and you can die from it. For the last 11 years no worries about it. ...Read more