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

Serologic and Molecular Biologic Methods for SARS-associated Coronavirus Infection, Taiwan

Ho-Sheng Wu*, Shu-Chun Chiu*, Tsan-Chang Tseng*, Szu-Fong Lin*, Jih-Hui Lin*, Yu-Fen Hsu*, Mei-Ching Wang*, Tsuey-Li Lin*, Wen-Zieh Yang*, Tian-Lin Ferng*, Kai-Hung Huang*, Li-Ching Hsu*, Li-Li Lee*, Jyh-Yuan Yang*, Hour-Young Chen*, Shun-Pi Su*, Shih-Yan Yang*, Ting-Hsiang Lin*, and Ih-Jen Su*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Center for Disease Control, Department of Health, Taiwan, Republic of China

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Table 1

Positive rates of RT-PCR for SARS-CoV in reported SARS cases in Taiwan

Classification of reported cases Case no. Specimens collecteda No. PCR (+) Positive rate (%)
Probable 668 590 221 37.5
Suspected 1,331 1,043 38 3.6
Ruled out 1,036 907 7 0.8
Reporting cancelled
Total 3,367 2,769 267 9.6

aThroat swab specimens were used for RT-PCR (reverse transcriptase–polymerase chain reaction). SARS-CoV, severe acute respiratory syndrome–associated coronavirus.

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