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SARS- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

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Transcript of SARS- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

SARS: Overview
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) is a viral respiratory disease.
It's not something you're likely to get today, but it was in the early 2000s when the first outbreak occured.
History & Causes
SARS was first spotted in Asia in 2002, so it's a fairly new disease. But it's not to be taken lightly. In 2003, more than 800 people died from SARS.
Symptoms
Symptoms
Incubation Period
The average incubation period of SARS is 2-7 days

9-12% of people with SARS die. In people over age 65, the mortality rate is higher than 50%.
SARS- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
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SARS: Overview
During its 2003 outbreak, SARS infected upwards of 8500 people in over 30 countries.
The main symptoms of SARS are:
Difficulty Breathing
Fever
Chills and Shaking
Cough
Headache
Muscle Aches
How SARS Travels
SARS travels through coughs or sneezes from those infected.
They sneeze (or cough) and the infected particles get sprayed into the air and onto surfaces.
SARS can live on infected surfaces for about 9 hours after initial contact.
People can expect to see symptoms within 10 days of getting the disease

The average incubation period of SARS is 2-7 days

People can expect to see symptoms within 10 days of getting the disease

DEATH
DEATH
There is no treatment or cure for SARS.
The only thing doctors can do is give patients intravenous fluids to help their immune system.
I.V. Fluid bags
Where are people affected?
There are currently no countries reporting SARS transmission. The last place it was (publicly) seen was China in 2004.
There are currently no countries reporting SARS transmission. The last place it was (publicly) seen was China in 2004.
Did you know?
SARS is a coronavirus; the 'corona' part being latin for crown. It got this name because of the little tails sticking off its surface which resemble a crown.
See? Tails!

What happened in China?
Some truly brilliant researchers were experimenting with animals that had the virus and accidentally contracted it themselves.

Since then, it seems researchers have become more adept at not getting the virus they're playing with.
They gave themselves a virus...
Sources!
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007192.htm
http://www.who.int/ith/diseases/sars/en/
http://www.cdc.gov/sars/about/faq.html
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007192.htm
http://www.sarsreference.com/sarsref/treat.htm
http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/02/health/sars-fast-facts/
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/sars-in-singapore-timeline
http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/02/health/sars-fast-facts/
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/SARS.aspx

Less Common Symptoms
Less common symptoms include:
- Diharrea
- Dizziness
- Paralysis
Less common symptoms include:
- Those with SARS are usually only contagious while they show symptoms
- Those with SARS are usually only contagious while they show symptoms
Sometimes doctors will give a patient antibiotics to stop pneumonia-causing bacteria while a person is fighting SARS.
Sometimes doctors will give a patient antibiotics to stop pneumonia-causing bacteria while a person is fighting SARS.
Did You Know?
SARS is now a "Select Agent"
"A select agent is a bacterium, virus or toxin that has the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety." - CDC
- This means that, as of 2012, SARS has been designated a deadly virus. The CDC now regulates all laboratories who request to have a sample of SARS.
People associated with SARS
People associated with SARS
- No one famous has contracted SARS yet (but this could change)

- The Tan Tock Seng hospital was the first to treat SARS patients
Tan Tock Seng pictured here
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