Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, is a very serious form of pneumonia which causes flu-like symptoms and serious respiratory problems in some cases. The infection began in China where there was a mass outbreak which travelled to other, smaller regions of Asia. There have been a small number of cases in the UK. It is spread by breathing in droplets of saliva in the air which have been coughed or sneezed by another suffered. Initial symptoms of the infection include high temperature, extreme tiredness, muscle pains, chills, loss of appetite, diarrhoea and headaches. They may progress causing a dry cough, breathing difficulties and a lack of oxygen in the blood. Currently, research is ongoing to find a vaccine to the infection but it can be controlled with antibiotics and antivirals. Help is also given to aid breathing and high doses of steroids are given to prevent swelling in the lungs which could lead to complications if otherwise untreated. Although the disease is rare, it is important to avoid travelling to any area with a recent SARS outbreak to prevent a spread of the infection. A failure to diagnose SARS can lead to severe complications in patients.
Failing to treat the disease
As breathing apparatus is often needed to help sufferers with SARS, complications due to respiratory failure could arise if there is a failure to diagnose SARS. In addition, the lack of oxygen in the blood can prove fatal if treatment and management of the disease does not take place. Any patient with suspected SARS should be kept in a hospital environment for close observation and treatment to prevent the disease causing complications and breathing difficulties. Should you or a family member have suffered complications as a result of SARS, you may be able to win some compensation for your illness or loss.
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