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.

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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...

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...

If you have sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) do you get better?

Yes you do. It is viral illness ( coronavirus ) causing severe illness with fever, cough, chills, muscle pains, difficulty breathing and headaches, diarrhea and occasional chest pain. 25% of patients needed ventilatory support on respirator for several days. Read more...

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...

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...

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...