Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

SARS is a respiratory disease with symptoms ranging from mild illness to severe pneumonia. Signs and symptoms include fever (over 100.4° Fahrenheit) with cough or shortness of breath generally appearing from two to ten days after exposure. 

In Wisconsin, the Department of Health Services has, through the Division of Public Health and the local public health agencies, an established network of health care providers who are on constant alert for influenza-like illness. This system has adapted well to include detection of SARS-like symptoms.  


Individuals who have been in contact with a person suspected of having SARS should also be alert for any respiratory symptoms.  Health care providers should report any unusual respiratory illness they see among their patients to the Division of Public Health by calling 608-267-9003.


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Last Revised: January 30, 2015