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Volume 10, Number 5—May 2004

Research

SARS in Hospital Emergency Room

Yee-Chun Chen*, Li-Min Huang*, Chang-Chuan Chan*, Chan-Ping Su*, Shan-Chwen Chang*Comments to Author , Ying-Ying Chang*, Mei-Ling Chen*, Chien-Ching Hung*, Wen-Jone Chen*, Fang-Yue Lin*, Yuan-Teh Lee*, and the SARS Research Group of National Taiwan University College of Medicine and National Taiwan University Hospital
Author affiliations: *National Taiwan University Hospital, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan

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Table 2

Results of environmental surveillance for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus RNA determined by real-time reverse transcriptase–polymerase chain reaction

Source of samples No. of samples collected No. (%) of positive samples Source of positive result (copies of viral RNA per sample)
Surface of environment



Triage
11
1 (9.1)
Button of drinking water fountains (257–2,570)
Examination area
10
0

Observation unit
42
2 (4.8)
Button of drinking water fountains (257–2,570)
Bedside chair (2,570–25,700)
Critical care area
3
0

SARS area
10
4 (40.0)
Outlet of central air supply (257–2,570)
Table top (257–2,570)
Bedding (257–2,570)
Bed edge (257–2,570)
Clean area
14
2 (14.3)
Book shelf (257–2,570)
Bedding (257–2,570)
High-efficiency particulate air filter
10
0

Air



High-volume sampler
9
0

Low-volume samples
10
0

Total 119 9 (7.6)

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1The SARS Research Group of National Taiwan University College of Medicine and National Taiwan University Hospital includes the following: Ding-Shinn Chen, Yuan-Teh Lee, Che-Ming Teng, Pan-Chyr Yang, Hong-Nerng Ho, Pei-Jer Chen, Ming-Fu Chang, Jin-Town Wang, Shan-Chwen Chang, Chuan-Liang Kao, Wei-Kung Wang, Cheng-Hsiang Hsiao, and Po-Ren Hsueh.

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