Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) (cont.)
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SARS Symptoms and Signs
Symptoms of SARS can be similar to those of other viral infections. The first symptoms begin two to seven days after exposure and may include the following:
Respiratory symptoms develop three or more days after exposure. Respiratory symptoms include the following:
By day seven to 10 of the illness, almost all patients with laboratory evidence of SARS infection had pneumonia that could be detected in the lungs on X-ray films. Respiratory distress may occur. This symptom is a concern for the patient and the doctors because it suggests the disease is becoming more severe.