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Volume 18, Number 12—December 2012


No Evidence of Prolonged Hendra Virus Shedding by 2 Patients, Australia

Carmel Taylor, Elliott G. Playford, William J.H. McBride, Jamie McMahon, and David WarrilowComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services, Archerfield, Queensland, Australia (C. Taylor, J. McMahon, D. Warrilow); Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (E.G. Playford); University of Queensland School of Medicine, Brisbane (E.G. Playford); and James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry, Cairns, Queensland, Australia (W.J.H. McBride)

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Samples from patients infected with Hendra virus, Australia*

Sample type No. positive/no. tested (%)
Patient 2† Patient 3‡ Patient 4‡
Blood 7/18 (39) 6/11 (55) 22/22 (100)
Urine 9/17 (53) 7/7 (100) 19/22 (86)
NPA or swab specimen 10/13 (77) 3/11 (27) 19/ 20 (95)

*NPA, nasopharyngeal aspirate.
†Human infected with Hendra virus; virus shed 3–6 weeks postexposure.
‡Two other humans infected with Hendra virus; virus was shed 3–5 weeks postexposure.

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