Viral Loads in Clinical Specimens and SARS Manifestations

  title={Viral Loads in Clinical Specimens and SARS Manifestations},
  author={I F-n Hung and V C C Cheng and A Wu and B. F. Tang and K H Chan and C. M. Chu and M Y F Wong and W. M. Hui and L. L. M. Poon and D.M.W. Tse and K L Chan and Patrick C. Y. Woo and Susanna K. P. Lau and J. S. M. Peiris and K. Y. Yuen},
  booktitle={Hong Kong medical journal = Xianggang yi xue za zhi},
1. A high viral load in nasopharyngeal aspirate (with or without a high viral load in serum) is a useful prognostic indicator of respiratory failure or mortality. The presence of viral RNA in multiple body sites is also indicative of poor prognosis. 2. Early treatment with an effective antiviral agent before day 10 may decrease the peak viral load, and thus ameliorate the clinical symptoms and mortality, and reduce viral shedding and the risk of transmission 


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