Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)

Find out how we define and monitor cases of SARS, and where you can learn more about this disease.

About SARS

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. 

Disease type:
Listed human
Vaccination available under NIP:
Notifiable disease:

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.  

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