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Appendix F4— Guidelines for Collecting Specimens from Potential SARS Patients

Supplement F: Laboratory Guidance

Public Health Guidance for Community-Level Preparedness and Response to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Version 2/3

Figure 1 - Recommended Specimens for Evaluation of Potential Cases of SARS

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Recommended specimens for evaluation of potential cases of SARS

  • Outpatient
    • Upper Respiratory
      • Nasopharyngeal wash/aspirate
      • Nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs
    • Lower Respiratory
      • Sputum
    • Blood
      • Serum - acute and convalescent (>28 days post onset)
      • Blood (plasma)
    • Stool
  • Inpatient
    • Upper Respiratory
      • Nasopharyngeal wash/aspirate
      • Nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs
    • Lower Respiratory
      • Broncheoalveolar lavage, tracheal aspirate, or pleural fluid tap
      • Sputum
    • Blood
      • Serum - acute and convalescent (>28 days post onset)
      • Blood (plasma)
    • Stool
  • Fatal
    • Tissue
      • Fixed tissue from all major organs (e.g., lung, heart, spleen, liver, brain, kidney, adrenals)
      • Frozen tissue from lung and upper airway (e.g., trachea, bronchus)
    • Upper Respiratory
      • Nasopharyngeal wash/aspirate
      • Nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs
    • Lower Respiratory
      • Broncheoalveolar lavage, tracheal aspirate, or pleural fluid tap
    • Blood
      • Serum
      • Blood (plasma)
    • Stool

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