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Seroprevalence of Antibody to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)–Associated Coronavirus among Health Care Workers in SARS and Non-SARS Medical Wards

Margaret Ip, Paul K. S. Chan, Nelson Lee, Alan Wu, Tony K. C. Ng, Louis Chan, Albert Ng, H. M. Kwan, Lily Tsang, Ida Chu, Jo L. K. Cheung, Joseph J. Y. Sung and John S. Tam

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 38, issue 12, pages e116-e118
Published in print June 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online June 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/421019
Seroprevalence of Antibody to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)–Associated Coronavirus among Health Care Workers in SARS and Non-SARS Medical Wards

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The seroprevalence of antibody to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)–associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) in cohorts of health care workers (HCWs) with subclinical infection in SARS and non-SARS medical wards was 2.3% (3 of 131 HCWs) and 0% (0 of 192 HCWs), respectively. Rates for clinical SARS-CoV infection among 742 HCWs on these wards were highest among nurses (11.6%) and health care assistants (11.8%), indicating that these occupations are associated with the highest risks for exposure.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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