SARS Exposure and Emergency Department Workers
Published Date:Jun 2004
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 10(6):1117-1119.
Emergency Department Workers
Emergency Service, Hospital
Fluorescent Antibody Technique
Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional
Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
Description:Of 193 emergency department workers exposed to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), 9 (4.7%) were infected. Pneumonia developed in six workers, and assays showed anti-SARS immunoglobulin (Ig) M and IgG. The other three workers were IgM-positive and had lower IgG titers; in two, mild illness developed, and one remained asymptomatic.
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