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    Title: Suspect Cases of SARS
    Type: Text Slide
    • Onset within 10 days foreign travel or close contact with someone with SARS
    • Fever of at least 100.4 degrees F
    • Respiratory illness—cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
    Speaker Notes:

    4. The symptoms of the disease are flu-like—a fever of at least 100.4 degrees and typical symptoms of respiratory illness. Usually symptoms appear 3 to 5 days after exposure. Those who've been in close contact with SARS patients are most likely to become ill. That means those who have cared for or lived with someone who has the disease and has had direct contact with respiratory secretions or body fluids. However, recent information suggests the SARS virus can live on common surfaces, which indicates it is possible to become infected from touching a tabletop, doorknob or other object. When there is x-ray evidence of pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome, a "suspect" case becomes a "probable" case.