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Does severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) cause pneumonia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) often does cause pneumonia (inflammation of the lungs). The pneumonia may be caused by the virus that causes SARS or may be caused by a secondary bacterial infection. The pneumonia of SARS is highly contagious and can be deadly.

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