Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, called SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). SARS was first reported in Asia in February 2003. Over the next few months, the illness spread to more than two dozen countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia before the SARS global outbreak of 2003 was contained. This fact sheet gives basic information about the illness and what CDC has done to control SARS in the United States. To find out more about SARS, go to CDC's SARS Web site and WHO's SARS Web site.

General Information

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Information for Health Care Providers
CDC Fact Sheet
CDC Frequently Asked Questions

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CDC Patients and Their Close Contacts
CDC Schools
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Other Links

CDC SARS Web site
Surveillance and Reporting

WHO SARS Web site