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SARS and common viral infections.

  • Author(s): Louie, Janice K
  • Hacker, Jill K
  • Mark, Jennifer
  • Gavali, Shilpa S
  • Yagi, Shigeo
  • Espinosa, Alex
  • Schnurr, David P
  • Cossen, Cynthia K
  • Isaacson, Erin R
  • Glaser, Carol A
  • Fischer, Marc
  • Reingold, Arthur L
  • Vugia, Duc J
  • Unexplained Deaths and Critical Illnesses Working Group
  • et al.

In California, molecular testing was useful in decreasing suspicion for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), by detecting common respiratory pathogens (influenza A/B, human metapneumovirus, picornavirus, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydia spp., parainfluenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus, and adenovirus) in 23 (45%) of 51 patients with suspected SARS and 9 (47%) of 19 patients with probable SARS.

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