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Volume 21, Number 9—September 2015

Laboratory Testing for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, California, USA, 2013–2014

Mahtab Shahkarami, Cynthia Yen, Carol A. Glaser, Dongxiang Xia, James Watt, and Debra A. WadfordComments to Author 
Author affiliations: California Department of Public Health, Richmond, California, USA

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Respiratory viruses detected in MERS patients under investigation tested by California Department of Public Health, 2013–2014*

Virus detected No. patients, N = 52 % Positive
Influenza only 14 27
Influenza A (H3) 10 19
Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 3 6
Influenza B
Noninfluenza only 13 25
Respiratory syncytial virus 1 2
Parainfluenza 3 2 4
Rhinovirus 3 6
Enterovirus 2 4
Human coronavirus 229E 2 4
Co-infection 5 10
Influenza A (H3) and rhinovirus 1 2
Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and 
rhinovirus 1 2
Influenza B and rhinovirus 2 4
Parainfluenza 3 and rhinovirus
No. patients with detected virus 32 62

*MERS, Middle East respiratory syndrome.

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