Hong Kong Med J 2009;15(Suppl 8):S11-4
SARS diagnosis, monitoring and prognostication by SARS-coronavirus RNA detection
Department of Chemical Pathology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong
1. We demonstrated the utility of a test for SARS-CoV RNA in serum/plasma in the diagnosis and prognostication of patients and its possible role in serial monitoring of treatment efficacy.
2. An automated viral RNA extraction procedure was found to be less effective than manual extraction.
3. The experience gained in developing the SARS diagnostic test was used to develop rapid methods for genotyping the SARS-CoV.