Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is an illness that first infected people in Asia, North America, and Europe in 2002. It causes a fever, muscle aches, and a sore throat. Some people also get a dry cough or diarrhea. Most people get pneumonia. In some cases, these symptoms get worse very quickly.
SARS is usually spread through saliva or droplets from coughing. Researchers are testing a vaccine for SARS. But it may be years before it is available.
Severe SARS can be very serious. For this reason, it is usually treated in the hospital. With treatment, most people recover.
A doctor may think that a person has SARS if the person:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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