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    Title: OSHA Guidance for Employers on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
    Type: Text Slide

    • Potentially deadly respiratory disease
    • Coronavirus is the leading suspected causative agent
    • Most U.S. cases contracted by those who have traveled to Asia, more recently also Toronto
    • Spread primarily by close person-to-person contact
    • In the U.S., healthcare workers face greatest risk of workplace transmission

    Speaker Notes:

    2. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, known as SARS, is a potentially fatal respiratory disease. Believed to originate in China in November 2002, the disease is thought to be caused by a coronavirus—the same family of viruses that causes the common cold. Most of those in the U.S. who've contracted the disease have traveled to ASIA recently. A cluster of cases has also appeared in Toronto, Canada. The disease is not caused by casual contact. Healthcare workers and family members of SARS patients face the highest risk of developing the disease.