Use of Clinical Criteria and Molecular Diagnosis to More Effectively Monitor Patients Recovering after Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection

Yin-Wan Wendy Fung; Lok Ting Lau; Freda Pui-Fan Wong; Kin-Wing Choi; Tai-Nin Chan; Sik-To Lai; Wang, Chen G; Dillon, Natalie; Albert Chenng-Hoi Yu
August 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;8/15/2004, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p604
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the use of clinical criteria and molecular diagnosis to more effectively monitor patients recovering after severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). In early 2003, a novel SARS coronavirus spread around the world, ultimately, more than 8000 patients in 32 countries contracted SARS, many of whom died. Although gold standard methods, such as viral culture, can help diagnose SARS, these methods are by no means as efficient and rapid as PCR-based diagnostic tests. The speed and sensitivity of molecular diagnostic tests for SARS is often considerably greater than that of serological and viral culture methods.


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