Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
Case definitions and related recommendations are subject to revision as further epidemiological/laboratory information becomes available.
A person presenting with:
Fever (over 38 degrees Celsius)
One or more respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
One or more of the following:
- Close contact* within 10 days of onset of symptoms with a probable case
- History of travel within 10 days to WHO reported “affected areas?in Asia (see below)
No other known cause of current illness
*Close contact means having cared for, lived with or had face-to-face (within 1 metre) contact with, or having had direct contact with respiratory secretions and/or body fluids of a person with SARS.