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Emerg Infect Dis. 2004 Feb;10(2):176-8.

SARS-related virus predating SARS outbreak, Hong Kong.

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University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administration Region, People's Republic of China.

Abstract

Using immunofluorescence and neutralization assays, we detected antibodies to human severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and/or animal SARS-CoV-like virus in 17 (1.8%) of 938 adults recruited in 2001. This finding suggests that a small proportion of healthy persons in Hong Kong had been exposed to SARS-related viruses at least 2 years before the recent SARS outbreak.

PMID:
15030679
PMCID:
PMC3322899
DOI:
10.3201/eid1002.030533
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