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SARS
2007-12-07 16:36:00

Severe acute aspiratory syndrome (SARS) is a respiratory disease in humans which is caused by the SARS coronavirus.


Symptoms: initial symptoms are flu like and may include fever, myalgia, lethargy, gastrointestinal symptoms, cough, sore throat and other non-specific symptoms. The only symptom that is common to all patients appears to be a fever above 38 °C (100.4 °F). Shortness of breath may occur later. About 10%-20% of cases require mechanical ventilation.

 

Tips:


 ·When the above-mentioned symptoms appear, patients should be treated in quarantine in the hospital.
 ·Do not stay for a long time in crowded places with poor ventilation.
 ·Keep good ventilation at home and in offices.

 

Suggestions:


 ·Latent period of SARS is usually 14 days.
 ·Individuals who have close contact with SARS patients should report to the local disease prevention and control institutes, and take temperature on regular basis.
 ·Disinfect your home whenever necessary.
 ·Do not spit.
 ·Do not share towels or toothbrushes and other daily necessities with others.

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