For the 2012–2013 originated syndrome, centered on Saudi Arabia, seeMiddle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus. SARS coronavirus is causative of the syndrome. Severe acute respiratory syndrome is a viral respiratory disease of zoonotic origin caused by the SARS coronavirus.
Severe acute respiratory syndrome is a serious form of pneumonia. It is caused by a virus that was first identified in 2003. Infection with the SARS virus causes acute respiratory distresssevere breathing difficulty and sometimes death.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is a viral respiratory illness that is new to humans. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries, including the United States. Most people infected with MERS developed severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Many of them have died.
The severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak in 2003 affected 29 countries. The SARS outbreak was unique in its rapid transmission and it resulted in heavy stress in first-line healthcare workers, particularly in the emergency department.
There has been an outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome worldwide. We report the clinical, laboratory, and radiologic features of 138 cases of suspected SARS during a hospital outbreak in Hong Kong.