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What should I do if I think I have sars?

What should I do if I think I have sars?

Call a physician: It is highly unlikely that you will ever have this disease unless you work in a lab that works with the virus or work with bats in china. If you, for some reason, think you have sars you are probably very ill and should call your doctor. If there is an outbreak there will be places you can go for supportive care and where you are isolated from others. Listen to the radio to hear where those are. ...Read more

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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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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?

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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