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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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My mom for 5 months has had bug crawling sensation all over her body and it itches with not sure if it's scabies or sars but she is sick all the time?

My mom for 5 months has had bug crawling sensation all over her body and it itches with not sure if it's scabies or sars but she is sick all the time?

Or. . . : If there is no obvious rash before the itch, she may be suffering from a neurodermatitis. This is a skin condition that occurs in people with depression, anxiety disorder, ocd, and others. Alternatively, this could be a medication reaction. She should check with her doctor for assessment and referral. ...Read more

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Who was the first person to discover sars?

5 groups: The sars coronavirus was almost silmultaneously isolated from sars patients by several laboratories and found to be only distantly related to all previously characterized human or animal coronaviruses. Peiris js- lancet 2003 361:1319-1325, ksiazek tg- nejm 2003 3489:1953-1966, drosten c- nejm 2003 348:1967-1976 are 3 of the 5 publications by groups that shared in the discovery. ...Read more

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Expat in singapore. Concerned about sars. Am I the only person here who is really scared of this disease?

Expat in singapore. Concerned about sars. Am I the only person here who is really scared of this disease?

Probably: Sars has not been detected in a long time, and the epidemic from many years ago has not repeated itself. Individual cases may pop up, but I have not heard of them, and i monitor the cdc web site for epidemic data regularly. ...Read more

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How long is a person with sars infectious to others? 

CDC says: 10 days after the resolution of symptoms, especially fever the person with a confirmed sars case can leave isolation. ...Read more

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Is a person with sars contagious before symptoms appear?

Yes: Often, early in the incubation period the patient will shed virus prior to becoming ill; usually for this virus that period can be 3-10 days. ...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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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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