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SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

SARS stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. It is a severe pneumonia-like (i.e. lung) disease. Read on for information about SARS and how to protect yourself.

What can I do to protect myself and where can I get information and updates?

The best protection is avoiding contact with people who are known to have SARS or who are experiencing symptoms of SARS.

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Travel: is it safe?

It is always wise to see your doctor or visit a travel medicine clinic before travelling to other countries.

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Symptoms and treatment of SARS

The main symptoms of SARS are high fever (higher than 38°C or 100°F), dry cough, and shortness of breath or trouble breathing. People with SARS require treatment in a hospital.

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About SARS: What is SARS and how does it spread?

SARS stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. It is a severe pneumonia-like respiratory disease first seen in Southeast Asia in late February 2003 that spreads through close contact with an infected person.

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