Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome–associated Coronavirus Infection
Published Date:Nov 2003
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 9(11):1453-1454.
Allied Health Personnel
Communicable Diseases, Emerging
Health Care Worker
Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
Description:Whether severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) infection can be asymptomatic is unclear. We examined the seroprevalence of SARS-CoV among 674 healthcare workers from a hospital in which a SARS outbreak had occurred. A total of 353 (52%) experienced mild self-limiting illnesses, and 321 (48%) were asymptomatic throughout the course of these observations. None of these healthcare workers had antibody to SARS CoV, indicating that subclinical or mild infection attributable to SARS-CoV in adults is rare.
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