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  Federall Hill Gazette; May 2003

A New disease called SARS.

   As most of you are aware, there has been an outbreak of a Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in several areas in the Far East.
   It has since spread to other countries. Here's a look at what is and isn't known about the mysterious disease:
   Is it serious?
   Yes, it is a deadly disease. As of April 19, a cumulative 3547 cases of SARS with 182 deaths have been reported from 25 countries.
   What are the symptoms?
   In general, SARS begins like a common cold with a fever greater than 100.4°F. Other symptoms may include headache, an overall feeling of discomfort, and body aches. After 2 to 7 days, SARS patients may develop a dry cough and have trouble breathing.
    What causes SARS?
   On April 16 2003, the identity of the virus that causes SARS was confirmed. It is coronavirus that probably spread to humans from animals.
   What are the risks for Americans?
   Health officials say the risks are low for most Americans. SARS is moving quickly around the world because of air travel, but it isn't spreading rapidly within the community. There is no evidence it spreads through casual contact.
    In the US, there is no indication of community spread at this time. More than 70 cases had been reported with no fatalities. Canada was hit harder; with SARS related deaths.
   Who is a “suspect?
   A "suspect" case of SARS is a person who develops fever and respiratory symptoms within 10 days of returning from travel to Far East, or within 10 days of having had close contact (i.e. within three feet) with a SARS patient.
   Where did SARS originate?
   The disease was first reported in Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Vietnam. As of April 21, 2003, across China, 92 people have died and more than 2000 cases of infection have been reported.
   What about travel?
   Canada upgraded its travel advisory and urged Canadians planning trips to Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan to defer travel for the time being.
   How are patients being treated?
   There is no known cure for SARS now available. In Toronto patients are being treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics and two antiviral drugs. One antiviral drug fights influenza and the other is a broad-spectrum antiviral that may have helped patients in Hong Kong.
   Also, in the efforts to treat SARS, western oriented hospitals in Hong Kong allowed the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine for the first time in 60 years.
   Alex Tatevian, DA
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