Background and Origin on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

1172 Words Feb 3rd, 2018 5 Pages
SARS is a very new and rare disease. SARS was officially recognized as a threat by the World Health Organization in March of 2003. This outbreak was the only one ever recorded of its type, up until the recent Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Scientists recognized SARS as a variation of the coronavirus. In humans, the typical coronavirus is one of the many that cause the common cold. In livestock, the virus is found to create serious and fatal diseases. Scientists believe that this variation of the coronavirus originated from civets and the Horseshoe bat. Corona viruses are known for their ability to mutate in order to spread among humans.
SARS is transmitted through the droplets of vapour from coughing and sneezing. Contact with these droplets and the objects the infected touched would also transmit SARS. Some scientists theorize that SARS is an airborne spread virus. Epidemiological analysis also indicated that SARS was spreaded along the routes of international air travel. Symptoms
Dry cough
Shortness of breath
Body aches and pains
Nasal congestion
Malaise (a general feeling of discomfort)
Muscular stiffness
Loss of appetite

Blood tests
Blood culture
Sputum culture
Stool sample to detect the…
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