Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) (cont.)
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When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for Possible Exposure to SARS?
Acquiring SARS infection is usually associated with travel to a country where SARS has been reported or contact with an ill person who has just returned from that country. People who may be have been exposed to SARS or SARS-like outbreaks in the future should seek medical care immediately and are advised to call a doctor if a fever or respiratory symptoms develop and to tell health-care workers that possible exposure to SARS may have occurred.
What Specialists Treat SARS?
Primary-care physicians may treat the symptoms of mild SARS infections in some patients. Moderate to severe SARS-infected patients may require infectious-disease, critical-care, pulmonologists, and hospitalists as specialists to help care for these patients. In the U.S., CDC specialists should be informed immediately if an outbreak of SARS or SARS-like illness occurs.
What Tests Do Physicians Use to Diagnose SARS?
Initial tests for people thought to have SARS include the following:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/21/2016