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SARS-Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

SARS-Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome - Diseases & Conditions - Health Canada

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a respiratory disease that spreads through close contact with an infected person. Close contact includes living in the same house as someone affected by SARS, caring for someone with SARS, or having direct contact with respiratory tract secretions or body fluids. an affected person.

As of September 5, 2003, 438 cases of people infected with SARS have been reported in Canada. The first cases in Canada were diagnosed in March 2003 in people who traveled to Hong Kong. The majority of the cases listed were from Ontario, but some cases have been reported in British Columbia, Alberta, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.

No transmission of the human coronavirus responsible for SARS has been reported since 2004.

What you can do
If you believe you have been in contact with someone who is affected and have a temperature above 38 degrees Celsius plus a cough or difficulty breathing, contact your health care professional for advice. Other symptoms of SARS include muscle pain, headache, sore throat or diarrhea.

Above all, please remain calm and alert. Remember that there is no evidence of the spread of SARS in the general Canadian population.

Resources available
Learn about the symptoms, prevention and treatment of SARS by checking out the following resources:

SARS - You and Your Health Info Sheet
Health professionals
The Public Health Agency of Canada also provides information for health professionals so that a consistent approach is in place for the prevention and control of severe respiratory infections.

Related resources
Up-to-date information on Influenza
Preparing for an influenza pandemic


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