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SARS

 
severe acute respiratory syndrome.

SARS

(sahrz),

SARS

severe acute respiratory syndrome.

SARS

(särz)
n.
A severe, contagious respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, characterized by high fever, malaise, dry cough, and pneumonia.

SARS

SARS

Severe acute respiratory syndrome Virology A potentially severe and fatal RTI caused by coronavirus. See Coronavirus.
SARS  WHO case definitions
Suspected SARS  
• High fever P> 38ºC
• Respiratory Sx Cough, or SOB, or dyspnea
• Contact Close contact with a person previously diagnosed with SARS–having cared for, lived with, or had direct contact with bodily secretions of a person with SARS
Probable SARS Pt meets criteria of a suspected case and there is radiologic evidence of infiltrates consistent with pneumonia or respiratory distress syndrome l

SARS

Abbreviation for severe acute respiratory syndrome.

SARS

Acronym for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, the epidemic lung infection that started in Guangdong province and Hong Kong in early 2003 and spread rapidly to many parts of the world. The virus is a new coronavirus and has the largest genome of any RNA virus yet found. The genome was sequenced in May 2003. SARS features fever, influenza-like symptoms, and X-ray appearances of infiltrates of variable density compatible with pneumonia. The mortality increases with age and may be as high as 50 per cent in patients over 65. Treatment is with antiviral drugs such as ribavirin in combination with antibiotics such as levofloxacin or clarithromycin. The angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 has been identified as the receptor for the coronavirus.

SARS

Abbreviation for severe acute respiratory syndrome.

SARS

severe acute respiratory syndrome.
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The seventh probable SARS victim is a 42-year-old truck driver who often went to Singapore, Ismail said.
The ''low'' pattern for Hubei, Jiangsu and Shaanxi means that the ''imported probable SARS case (cases) have produced only one generation of local probable cases, all of whom are direct personal contacts of the imported case (cases).
Specimens from all patients with probable SARS in Taiwan were serologically tested for case confirmation, with a particular focus on the convalescent-phase serum specimens, as previously reported (9).
Taipei's pattern of local transmission had previously been listed as ''medium,'' meaning the existence of more than one generation of local probable SARS cases, but only among people who have been previously identified and followed up as known contacts of probable SARS cases.
A large proportion of these SARS outbreaks occurred in hospitals, and 21% of probable SARS cases involved healthcare workers (1).
Sarawak has had no report of any probable SARS case before.
We also compared, using the Mann-Whitney test, the intervals from diagnosis to classification as probable SARS of the 343 officially confirmed SARS-CoV case-patients (by dividing the cases into 3 groups, according to the time period in which the date of diagnosis occurred).
On Monday, Taiwan revised the number of probable SARS cases from 55 to 66, with the 11 new cases from hardest-hit Taipei Ho Ping hospital, the first hospital outbreak discovered on the island.
Careful analysis of the travel histories of suspected and probable SARS patients who traveled to Canada showed that persons became ill after arrival and would not have been detected by airport screening measures.
The department revised Taiwan's total number of probable SARS cases from 66 to 74 with eight cases coming from the private Jen-Chi hospital sealed off Tuesday.
When the last case was reported on May 9, 2003, a total of 1,284 probable SARS cases had been reported in Guangzhou (3).
It is probable SARS was spread from an index patient, or the first case of the outbreak at Amoy Gardens, to a relatively small group of residents within Block E and subsequently to the rest of the residents through the sewage system, person-to-person contact and the use of shared communal facilities such as elevators and staircases, he noted.

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