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What causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)?

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SARS is caused by a virus. It can spread when people who have it cough or sneeze, spraying tiny droplets of liquid with the virus to other people within 2-3 feet. Other people may get the virus by touching something those droplets hit, then touching their nose, eyes, or mouth.

People who live with or are in close contact with someone who has SARS are more likely to get it than someone who is just passing by or sharing a room with an infected person.

From: What Is SARS? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: “SARS.”

CDC: “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.”

National Academy of Sciences: “SARS: Down but Still a Threat.”

Mayo Clinic: “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.”

American Lung Association: “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.”

Illinois Department of Health: “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 07, 2018

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: “SARS.”

CDC: “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.”

National Academy of Sciences: “SARS: Down but Still a Threat.”

Mayo Clinic: “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.”

American Lung Association: “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.”

Illinois Department of Health: “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 07, 2018

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