The challenge of SARS: a clinical review.

Title

The challenge of SARS: a clinical review.

Creator

File T M Jr

Publisher

Journal of Respiratory Diseases

Date

2004
2004-04

Description

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a newly described emerging infection caused by a novel coronavirus, which can be highly contagious by close contact. Patients may present with an acute febrile illness that involves the lower respiratory tract. The most common complaints are fever and chills/rigors, but cough, myalgia, and rhinorrhea may also occur. Progressive disease is characterized by an acute respiratory distress syndrome, a need for ventilatory support, laboratory abnormalities (such as absolute lymphopenia), and a chest radiograph that shows progressive infiltrates. Diagnosis is confirmed when the SARS coronavirus is isolated, antibody to the virus is detected, or reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (by appropriate criteria) is positive. No specific therapy is recommended; however, most patients have been treated with broad-spectrum antimicrobials, supplemental oxygen, intravenous fluids, and other supportive measures. Exposure prevention efforts should include a combination of standard, contact, and airborne precautions.

Subject

Infection Control; Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – Diagnosis; Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – Epidemiology; Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – Radiography; Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – Symptoms

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

147–155

Issue

4

Volume

25

Citation

File T M Jr, “The challenge of SARS: a clinical review.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed February 27, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/6246.

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