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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

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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.


Important Links

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

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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