|Title:||Sars Antibody Test for Serosurveillance||Authors:||HSUEH, PO-REN
ALAN M. WAIFIELD
|Issue Date:||2004||Journal Volume:||v.10||Journal Issue:||n.9||Start page/Pages:||1558-1562||Source:||EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES||Abstract:||
A peptide-based enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) can be used for retrospective serosurveillance of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS ) by helping identify undetected chains of disease transmission. The assay was developed by epitope mapping, using synthetic peptides from the spike , membrane, and nucleocapsid protein sequences of SARS-associated coronavirus. The new peptide ELISA consistently detected seroconversion by week 2 of onset of fever, and seropositivity remained through day 100. Specificity was 100% on normal blood donor samples, on serum samples associated with infection by other pathogens, and on an interference panel . The peptide-based test has advantages of safety, standardization, and automation over previous immunoassays for SARS. The assay was used for a retrospective survey of healthy healthcare workers in Taiwan who treated SARS patients. Asymptomatic seroconversions were detected in two hospitals that had nosocomial disease.
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