This information has not been positively confirmed but represents the best scientific information known to date - July 02 2003

The virus seems to spread through aerosolized (exhaled) droplets and body secretions from an infected person. You can come into contact with these droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. So far, most cases in Canada have occurred with people who have recently travelled to Asia, health care workers who have cared for SARS patients, and close family members of SARS patients. The incubation period (the amount of time it takes for symptoms to appear after exposure to the virus) usually takes 2 to 7 days, but may take as long as 10 days.


This material is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the medical advice of your doctor or any other health care professional. Always consult with your physician if you are in any way concerned about your health.

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