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What is severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)?

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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Where did the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome arise?
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The virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) first arose in southern China in 2002...
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What should I tell a doctor if I suspect severe acute respiratory syndrome?
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If a person suspects that he or she may have severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), first contact...
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How do other illnesses affect severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)?
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People who have other illnesses are more vulnerable to severe acute respiratory symptom (SARS). ...
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Should a person with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) be isolated?
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A person who has contracted severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) should be isolated from others ...
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