Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is an illness caused by the SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). Coronaviruses are found in many different species, including birds and mammals, and include the virus that causes the common cold. SARS was the first time the virus was seen in humans. COVID-19 is caused by another type of coronavirus called SARS‐CoV‐2.
Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment
For information about prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's SARS page.
Surveillance and reporting
SARS is a nationally notifiable disease.
We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS).
For more on SARS in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence.