Laboratory diagnosis of SARS

Alison Bermingham*, Paul P. Heinen, Miren Iturriza-Gómara, Jim J. Gray, Hazel Appleton, Maria 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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSARS
Subtitle of host publicationA Case Study in Emerging Infections
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191718175
ISBN (Print)9780198568193
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2007

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  • Control measures
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Exposure
  • Molecular tests
  • Serological tests


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