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Volume 10, Number 5—May 2004

Research

Laboratory Diagnosis of SARS

Paul K.S. Chan*Comments to Author , Wing-Kin To†, King-Cheung Ng*, Rebecca K. Y. Lam*, Tak-Keung Ng†, Rickjason C. W. Chan*Comments to Author , Alan Wu*, Wai-Cho Yu†, Nelson Lee*, David S. C. Hui*, Sik-To Lai†, Ellis K. L. Hon*, Chi-Kong Li*, Joseph J. Y. Sung*, and John S. Tam*
Author affiliations: *The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR, China; †Princess Margaret Hospital, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR, China

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Table 1

Specimens tested after onset of illness

Collection time (wk) Specimen type
Stool/rectal swab
Respiratory
Urine
RT-PCRa Virus isolation RT-PCR Virus isolation RT-PCR Virus isolation
1
32
38
243
280
75
110
2
35
40
134
153
82
86
3
44
84
57
62
33
41
4
43
92
37
36
21
35
5
96
113
41
57
29
64
6
110
123
30
50
26
72
7
80
84
18
30
9
38
8
54
55
14
22
10
33
9
49
52
16
27
6
26
10
34
35
16
12
9
10
11
44
44
10
5
9
11
12
21
21
4
2
2
3
13
16
16
2
1
2
1
14
7
7
2
1
1
1
15
5
5
0
0
0
0
16 1 1 0 0 0 0

aRT-PCR, reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction.

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