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SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) is a type of virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). It is a member of the family of viruses known as Coronaviridae. SARS-CoV is an enveloped, positive-sense, single-stranded RNA virus. It is believed to have originated in bats and was first identified in humans in 2002 in China. Symptoms of SARS-CoV infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing. Treatment includes supportive care and antiviral medications. Vaccines are currently under development.
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