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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

SARS is an illness that presents with flu-like symptoms including fever, muscular pain, headache, sore throat, non-productive cough, and sometimes pneumonia by chest x-ray. Some patients with SARS (currently estimated at 10-20%) have developed more severe signs and symptoms, such as shortness of breath and respiratory distress requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation.

Resources for the Public

You can keep up to date on information about this disease by visiting these useful websites:

Resources for the Health Care Providers

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