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Fact sheet for SARS patients and their close contacts
  • Published Date:
    February 6, 2004
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S). Office for Public Health Preparedness and Response.
  • Description:
    Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, called SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). SARS was recognized as a global threat in March 2003, after first appearing in Southern China in November 2002. Over the next few months, the illness spread to more than two dozen countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Although the 2003 global outbreak was contained, it is possible that person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV might recur. This fact sheet gives information about the illness and important instructions for preventing the spread of SARS.


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