What is severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a respiratory illness that caused global concern during an outbreak mostly in the year 2003. The illness is caused by a virus and is spread mainly by inhalation of droplets from the cough or sneeze of an infected person. Symptoms of the illness can become life-threatening. The 2003 outbreak was contained and SARS has not yet reemerged.

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