Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

Statutory notification

Public health management

Important information

  • Infectious agent: SARS-associated coronavirus.
  • Transmission: Person to person by close contact with respiratory secretions or body fluids of an infected person.
  • Incubation period: From 3 to 10 days.
  • Infectious period: After onset of symptoms and maximum period of communicability is less than 21 days.
  • Case exclusion: Isolate the patient.
  • Contact exclusion: Voluntary isolation at home with active surveillance.
  • Treatment: Varies according to symptoms, refer to doctor.
  • Immunisation: None available.
  • Case and contact follow up: Is conducted by Public Health Units and the Communicable Disease Control Directorate.


The Australian government Department of Health guidelines and protocols for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) (external site)

Notifiable disease data and reports

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