Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
- Symptoms may vary from individual to individual. A cough, fever, flu-like symptoms may occur.
- The most important information is whether the individual has traveled to southeast Asia and Toronto, Canada or has been around another person who has traveled to these areas.
- If SARS is suspected, the individual should contact his/her primary care physician and indicate symptoms, where they have traveled to or who they have come in contact with and where that individual has traveled to.
- SARS requires the individual be seen and assessed in a negative air pressure room in an ER
- Notify the ER of the individual coming with suspicion of SARS and that a negative air pressure room will be needed at time of the person''s arrival to the ER
- All labs/x-rays to be done in a negative air pressure room.
- An individual does not necessarily require hospitalization.