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What is causing the sars outbreak?

What is causing the sars outbreak?

SARS-CoV: It is caused by a virus known as the sars-associated coronavirus. It is a relatively newly recognized virus. ...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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What were the causes of sars?

Virus: Severe acute respiratory syndrome is a viral respiratory disease in humans which is caused by the sars coronavirus (sars-cov). ...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?

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?

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?

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

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What are the tests for sars?

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

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What can you tell me about SARS?

Non specific: A series of evaluations that points to a possible inflammatory process in the body ...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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Do sars outbreaks happen every year?

No: 2002, 2003 and 2004 had confirmed cases, but no confirmed cases since then, and none outside of china since 2003. ...Read more

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