​Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is a contagious disease caused by a type of coronavirus, which can cause upper respiratory illness, such as the common cold​. This virus is known as SARS-CoV.

SARS is usually spread by being in close contact with an infected person. It is spread by saliva and droplets of coughing. You can easily contract this by passing by someone who has the infection or by simply taking care of them. It can also appear by kissing and sharing food of the infected.​​

SARS usually begins with a series of flu-like symptoms like:

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Problems in breathing 

  • Muscle pain

  • Fever (upto 100 degrees F)

  • Cough without phlegm or cough that is dry

  • Shortness of breath

  • Diarrhoea

These symptoms can progress in about 7 to 10 days. Once the symptoms show the disease progresses very rapidly.

Prepare a visit to our doctors at the Internal Medicine Services​ at the Aga Khan University Hospital if you experience any of the above symptoms or if you’ve visited any of the SARS infected areas. SARS has very little prevalence nowadays, but our internationally trained staff is well-versed with all epidemics that have been witnessed as debilitating for the population. Aga Khan University Hospital is the only internationally accredited hospital following multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare. Once you visit us, be sure to be treated with utmost commitment and all-encompassing tertiary treatment options under one room.

Your time with your doctor maybe limited, so make sure to prepare for your visit beforehand. Here are some tips to help get you started.​

In the attempts to diagnose SARS, our doctors will take your complete medical history. They may also prescribe a variety of tests to check you for SARS

  • Chest X-Ray: if you are short of breath or are constantly coughing

  • Blood test: to test you blood or nasal swab to detect bacteria or antibodies that forms to fight SARS. This test will have to be conducted twice within a time span of 2 days, to prove the presence of antibodies​

SARS requires hospitalization if you have been affected by this disease. You will be quarantined to prevent you from further spreading this disease. There is no set cure of medication for this treatment; however, doctors are continuously researching to find a treatment option.

The Aga Khan University Hospital offers various support services to help with managing or recovering from the disease or condition. These include but are not limited to nutrition, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, specialized clinics and some patient support groups. Your doctor or nurse will advise you accordingly.
The Aga Khan University Hospital offers financial assistance to those who are in need and fulfil the eligibility criteria. For further information, you can contact the Patient Welfare Department. You can find the contact number of the Patient Welfare Department in the 'Important Numbers' section on the website homepage.
The financial counselling staff is available during office hours, at the main PBSD (Patient Business Services Department), to answer your financial queries on treatments' costs and authorize admissions on partial deposit as per hospital policies allow. The financial counsellor in the emergency room is open 24/7. You can find the contact number of the Patient Business Services in the 'Important Numbers' section on the website homepage.

Your doctor and or nurse will give you specific instructions about the prescribed medication. Please ensure that you take or use the prescribed medicine as advised. It can be dangerous to your health if you self-prescribe. Please inform the doctor or nurse beforehand if you have experienced any adverse reactions to any medications in the past. If you experience any symptoms of drug poisoning, overdose or severe reaction please contact the Pharmacy Service at The Aga Khan University Hospital immediately. You can find the contact number of the Pharmacy Services in the 'Important Numbers' section on the website homepage.