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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, called SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). SARS was first reported in Asia in February 2003. The illness spread to more than two dozen countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia before the SARS global outbreak of 2003 was contained.

Since 2004, there have not been any known cases of SARS reported anywhere in the world.

Frequently Asked Questions
SARS Case Definition (CDC)
Advice for Travelers
Interim Guidelines for Medical Transport of SARS Patients
Specimen Collection - Labs

Important Links
Information on SARS from CDC
Information on SARS from WHO

SARS Tool Kit

May 3, 2004 SARS Update
May 3, 2004 Flow Chart for SARS Testing
May 3, 2004 Policy and Procedure for epidemiologists on call regarding possible SARS cases and testing for SARS
April 23, 2004 Poster: Sequence for Donning and Removing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

January 7, 2004

Guidance From Incident Command

December 24, 2003

Preliminary Research on SARS

December 24, 2003 SARS Facility Readiness Assessment Tool
December 18, 2003 Biosafety Guidelines for Handling SARS-CoV Specimens and Cultures
December 12, 2003 SARS Case Definition
SARS Fact Sheet for Employees or Volunteers
October 20, 2003 SARS Frequently Asked Questions
October 3, 2003 Laboratory Testing for SARS Coronavirus
May 14, 2003 Two new Health Advisories related to SARS issued by CDC: #00140 & #00141
May 12, 2003 Algorithm for hotels to use when a guest may have SARS
April 29, 2003 SARS Bookmark

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