The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a global alert on March 12
about a pneumonia-like illness of unknown origin. As of March 24, 456 suspect
and probable cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and 17 deaths
had been reported to the WHO (http://www.who.int/csr/sars/en/).
The main symptoms, signs, and risk factors associated with SARS include:
a fever of greater than 38°C (100.4°F); one or more respiratory tract
symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing; and
close contact with a person diagnosed as having SARS (caring for, living with,
or having had direct contact with respiratory secretions and body fluids of
a person with SARS) or recent history of travel to areas reporting cases of
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