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Volume 22, Number 10—October 2016

Viral RNA in Blood as Indicator of Severe Outcome in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection

So Yeon Kim, Sun Jae Park, Sook Young Cho, Ran-hui Cha, Hyeon-Gun Jee, Gayeon Kim, Hyoung-Shik Shin, Yeonjae Kim, Yu Mi Jung, Jeong-Sun Yang, Sung Soon Kim, Sung Im Cho, Man Jin Kim, Jee-Soo Lee, Seung Jun Lee, Soo Hyun Seo, Sung Sup Park, and Moon-Woo SeongComments to Author 
Author affiliations: National Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea (S.Y. Kim, S. Park, S.Y. Cho, R. Cha, H.-G. Jee, G. Kim, H.-S. Shin, Y. Kim, Y.M. Jung); Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cheongju-si, South Korea (J.-S. Yang, S.S. Kim); Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (S.I. Cho, M.J. Kim, J.-S. Lee, S.J. Lee, S.H. Seo, S.S. Park, M.-W. Seong)

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Table 1

Demographic characteristics of 21 Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus–infected patients, South Korea, 2015

Characteristic Value
Median age, y (range)
64 (23–86)
Sex, no.
M 9
Median hospitalization, d (range)
17 (2–138)
Death rate, %
Median no. days exposed to virus (range)*
3 (1–20)
Median duration between symptom onset and initial diagnosis, d (range) 2 (0–12)†

*Based on contact history.
†Two asymptomatic patients were excluded from analysis.

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