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Volume 10, Number 2—February 2004
2004 SARS Edition
SARS Transmission

SARS-associated Coronavirus Transmission, United States

Elmira T. Isakbaeva*Comments to Author , Nino Khetsuriani*, R. Suzanne Beard*, Angela Peck*, Dean D. Erdman*, Stephan S. Monroe*, Suxiang Tong*, Thomas G. Ksiazek*, Sara Lowther*†, Indra Pandya Smith*, Larry J. Anderson*, Jairam Lingappa*, Marc-Alain Widdowson*, and other members of the SARS Investigation Group
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †McKing Consulting, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table 2

Quantities of SARS-CoV in sputum and stool specimens from three confirmed SARS case-patients, as measured by quantitative RT-PCR, United States, 2003a

Case-patient identification no. Specimen Time of specimen collection after illness onset (no. of days) Copies per gram of sample
5 Sputum 14 43,000,000
7 Stool 14 37,000,000
Stool 18 1,600,000
Stool 21 930,000
Stool 26 2,300,000
6 Stool 19 45,000

aSARS-CoV, severe acute respiratory syndrome–associated coronavirus; RT-PCR, reverse transcriptase–polymerase chain reaction.

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1Members of the SARS Investigation Group: J. McLaughlin (Alaska Division of Health); M. Romney, A. Kimura (California Department of Health Services); D. Dassey, B. Lash, D. Terashita (California-Los Angeles County Health Department); S. Klish (California-Orange County Health Care Agency); S. Cody (California-Santa Clara County Health Department); S. Farley (California-Contra County Health Department); S. Lea (California-Marin County Health Department); R. Sanderson (Florida Department of Health); J. Wolthuis (Georgia Division of Public Health); C. Allard (Mississippi Department of Health); B. Albanese (New Mexico Department of Health); B. Nivin (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene); P. McCall, M. Davies (North Carolina Department of Health); M. Murphy, E. Koch (Ohio Department of Health); A. Weltman (Pennsylvania Department of Health); H. Brumund (Virginia Department of Health); C. Barton (Utah Department of Health); K. Whetstone (Southwest Utah Public Health Department); W. J. Bellini, S. Bialek, J. A. Comer, S. Emery, R. Helfand, T. Hennessy, A. James, A. LaMonte, E. C. Newbern, S. Scott, L. Simpson, A. Siwek, C. Smelser, L. Stockman, X. Lu, D. White (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

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