SARS Viral Testing

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is the result of a viral infection, with symptoms similar to pneumonia (fever, chills, and cough). There is an eight to ten day incubation period; the virus is contagious and is spread through the air. SARS Viral Testing is only done if there have been a number of cases in one area, if the infection can be traced back to an area that has had an outbreak, and when other causes of illness are ruled out. Blood is taken and tested to detect antibodies that are specific to the virus CoV (coronavirus), as well as swabs from numerous sites in the nose and throat, which are then analyzed for the presence of the virus.

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