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December 03, 2021  
EDUCATION CENTER: Diagnosis and Treatment

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  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

    Diagnosis and Treatment
    Currently, authorities recommend the same treatment as for any patient with serious atypical pneumonia. Various treatment regimens have included certain antibiotics, antiviral agents, or steroids, but information is still insufficient to determine any benefits.

    Persons with SARS symptoms should see their health-care provider as soon as possible, making sure to mention any recent travel involving identified SARS regions or any recent contact with a SARS patient.

    People at risk for close-contact infection should follow officially recommended household precautions. Travelers should consult and heed updated advisories

    At present, US officials recommend that individuals with SARS be isolated, but has not resorted to legal compulsion. The federal government added SARS to its list of quarantinable diseases in early April. "We are simply taking the pragmatic step of readying all options as we continue to tackle this disease," explained Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary of Health and Human Services. "This authority would only be used if someone posed a threat to public health and refused to cooperate with a voluntary request."

    The appearance of SARS in some health-care settings has mostly resulted from late implementation of effective procedures for health-care workers. Since early recognition and isolation of possible SARS patients is critical, the CDC has published recommended guidelines for triage of potential SARS cases.

    Last updated: 23-Feb-07

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