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Volume 10, Number 2—February 2004
2004 SARS Edition
Laboratory Study

Detection of SARS Coronavirus in Patients with Suspected SARS

Kwok H. Chan*, Leo L.L.M. Poon†, V.C.C. Cheng*, Yi Guan†, I.F.N. Hung*, Joseph S.M. Peiris‡Comments to Author , Loretta Y.C. Yam§, Wing H. Seto*, Kwok Y. Yuen†, and Joseph S. Malik Peiris†Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People’s Republic of China (SAR); †University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR; ‡Hospital Authority Head Office, Hong Kong SAR; §Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong SAR

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Table 2

Serologic response to SARS coronavirusa

Clinical category No. of patients Paired sera available for study No (%) of patients with 4-fold rise in 
antibody titer to SARS-CoV
Clinical SARS 590 417 384 (92.1)
Suspected SARS 79 11 1 (9.1)
Not SARS 379 25 2 (8.0)
Controls 45 45 0 (0.0)

aSARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome; SARS-CoV, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus.
bAn additional 47 convalescent-phase sera were subsequently tested without any further evidence of antibody to SARS-CoV.

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