Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) (cont.)
What are coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are a group of
viruses that have a halo
or crown-like (corona) appearance when viewed under a microscope. These viruses
are a common cause of mild to moderate upper-respiratory illness in humans and
are associated with respiratory, gastrointestinal, liver and neurologic disease
in animals. Coronaviruses can survive in the environment for as long as three
Is there a test for SARS?
No "test" is available yet for SARS;
however, CDC, in collaboration with WHO and other laboratories, has developed 2
research tests that appear to be very promising in detecting antibodies to the
new coronavirus. CDC is working to refine and share this testing capability as
soon as possible with laboratories across the United States and internationally.
This information has been provided with the kind permission of the Centers For Disease Control
(www.cdc.gov).Last Editorial Review: 8/11/2003 8:11:15 PM