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A total of 1,068 asymptomatic close contacts of patients with severe acute respiratory (SARS) from the 2003 epidemic in Hong Kong were serologically tested, and 2 (0.19%) were positive for SARS coronavirus immunoglobulin G antibody. SARS rarely manifests as a subclinical infection, and at present, wild animal species are the only important natural reservoirs of the virus.

Original publication

DOI

10.3201/eid1009.040155

Type

Journal article

Journal

Emerging Infectious Diseases

Publication Date

09/2004

Volume

10

Pages

1653 - 1656

Addresses

University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China.

Keywords

Humans, SARS Virus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Immunoglobulin G, Antibodies, Viral, Population Surveillance, Prevalence, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Child, Hong Kong, Female, Male