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Volume 10, Number 2—February 2004
2004 SARS Edition
Clinical Study

SARS and Pregnancy: A Case Report

Corwin A. Robertson*†Comments to Author , Sara A. Lowther*‡, Thomas Birch§, Christina Tan†, Faye Sorhage†, Lauren Stockman*‡, L. Clifford McDonald*, Jairam R. Lingappa*, and Eddy Bresnitz†
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Trenton, New Jersey, USA; ‡McKing Consulting, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; §Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck, New Jersey, USA

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Results of SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) testing of specimens from case-patient infected while pregnanta,b

Specimen SARS-CoV serologic resultsc SARS-CoV RT-PCR
Maternal serum
Maternal whole blood

Maternal nasopharyngeal swab

Maternal rectal swab

Postdelivery placenta d

Amniotic fluid

Cord blood
Breast mlk +

aSARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome; RT-PCR, reverse transcriptase–polymerase chain reaction; ND, not done.
bAll specimens listed were collected 127 days after onset of the case-patient’s illness with the exception of breast milk, which was collected 131 days after illness onset.
cSerologic analysis included enzyme immunoassay and indirect immunofluorescence assay.
dPostdelivery placenta also underwent immunohistochemical (IHC) staining; there was no IHC evidence of SARS-CoV.

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