Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
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- Gene variation in the immune system—This gene variation may be more common in people in Southeast Asia. The variation makes people more susceptible to developing SARS.
- Recent travel to locations in Asia where SARS outbreaks have been reported
- Close contact with someone who has SARS
- Healthcare workers who care for patients with SARS
- Blood tests—can reveal the presence of immune cells made by your body to fight the SARS virus
- Tests on samples of blood, sputum, stool—can reveal the presence of the virus that causes SARS
- Antiviral drugs
- Immune-modulating drugs
- Practice proper hand washing .
- Regularly use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Disinfect toilets, sinks, or other objects or surfaces used by anyone with SARS.
- Do not share utensils, glasses, towels, or linen with anyone with SARS.
- If you are a healthcare worker, use gloves, gown, and use eye protection when caring for patients with SARS.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/
World Health Organization http://www.who.int/en/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index%5Fe.html/
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/
Goldman L, et al. Cecil Textbook of Medicine . 22nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders Company; 2004.
Mandell G, et al. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases . 6th ed. London: Churchill Livingstone, Inc.; 2005.
Mason RJ, et al. Murray & Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine . 4th ed. London: Elsevier; 2005.
- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 03/2013 -
- Update Date: 03/15/2013 -