Seroprevalence of antibody to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-associated coronavirus among health care workers in SARS and non-SARS medical wards

Margaret Ip, Paul K S Chan, Nelson Lee, Alan Wu, Tony K C Ng, Louis Chan, Albert Ng, H M Kwan, Lily Tsang, Ida Chu, Jo L K Cheung, Joseph J Y Sung, John S Tam
Clinical Infectious Diseases 2004 June 15, 38 (12): e116-8
The seroprevalence of antibody to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) in cohorts of health care workers (HCWs) with subclinical infection in SARS and non-SARS medical wards was 2.3% (3 of 131 HCWs) and 0% (0 of 192 HCWs), respectively. Rates for clinical SARS-CoV infection among 742 HCWs on these wards were highest among nurses (11.6%) and health care assistants (11.8%), indicating that these occupations are associated with the highest risks for exposure.

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