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Volume 22, Number 7—July 2016

Response to Emergence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2013–2014

Farida Ismail Al Hosani1, Kimberly Pringle1Comments to Author , Mariam Al Mulla, Lindsay Kim, Huong T. Pham, Negar N. Alami, Ahmed Khudhair, Aron J. Hall, Bashir Aden, Feda El Saleh, Wafa Al Dhaheri, Zyad Al Bandar, Sudhir Bunga, Kheir Abou Elkheir, Ying Tao, Jennifer C. Hunter, Duc T. Nguyen, Andrew Turner, Krishna Pradeep, Jurgen Sasse, Stefan Weber, Suxiang Tong, Brett L. Whitaker, Lia M. Haynes, Aaron Curns, and Susan I. Gerber
Author affiliations: Health Authority Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (F.I. Al Hosani, M. Al Mulla, A. Khudhair, B. Aden, F. El Saleh, W. Al Dhaheri, Z. Al Bandar, K. Abou Elkheir, A. Turner, K. Pradeep); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (K. Pringle, L. Kim, H. Pham, N.N. Alami, A.J. Hall, S. Bunga, Y. Tao, J.C. Hunter, D. Nguyen, S. Tong, B.L. Whitaker, L.M. Haynes, A. Curns, S.I. Gerber); Sheikh Khalifa Medical Laboratory, Abu Dhabi (J. Sasse, S. Weber).

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Table 2

Number of days samples from MERS-CoV case-patients were positive for the virus by rRT-PCR, stratified by disease severity and type of sample, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 1, 2013–May 9, 2014*

Disease severity No. samples No. (%) positive LRT samples
No. (%) positive URT samples
<14 d ≥14 d <14 d ≥14 d
Severely symptomatic 67 23 (34) 26 (39) 13 (19) 5 (8)
Mildly symptomatic 148 81 (55) 54 (37) 12 (8) 1 (1)
60 (73)
5 (6)†

17 (21)
Total 297 164 (55) 85 (29) 42 (14) 6 (2)

*Percentages might not sum to 100% due to rounding. LRT, lower respiratory tract; MERS-CoV, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus; rRT-PCR, real-time reverse transcription PCR; URT, upper respiratory tract.
†All 5 lower respiratory samples that were positive for ≥14 d were from 1 asymptomatic case-patient.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article and share first authorship.

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