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SARSA case study in emerging infections$
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Angela McLean, Robert May, John Pattison, and Robin Weiss

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568193

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568193.001.0001

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Laboratory diagnosis of SARS

Laboratory diagnosis of SARS

(p.43) CHAPTER 8 Laboratory diagnosis of SARS

Alison Bermingham

Paul P. Heinen

Miren Iturriza-Gómara

Jim J. Gray

Hazel Appleton

Maria C. Zambon

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The emergence of new viral infections of humans requires the development of robust diagnostic tests, which can be applied in the differential diagnosis of acute illness or to determine past exposure to establish the true burden of disease. In the time since the recognition of the SARS coronavirus as the causative agent of the syndrome of SARS in April 2003, enormous efforts have been applied internationally to develop molecular and serological tests for SARS which can assist rapid detection of cases, accurate diagnosis of illness, and assist the application of control measures. This chapter describes the work involved in developing such tests.

Keywords:   diagnostic tests, exposure, molecular tests, serological tests, control measures

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