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ARS / Test Turnaround Time

Aug 4, 2001

Doc H:

After a moderate risk exposure on 7/9, 12 days later I had a minor illness which included a rash for about 12 hours, excessive fatigue and a dry throat, duration of fatigue and dry throat about 2.5 days (no fever). I'm unsure if the symptoms are consistent with primary infection, and understand that symptoms can't be diagnosed online....that would put you guys out of jobs, unless of course people want to start paying you to diagnose online (just kidding). My question is this: if my symptoms were indeed indicative of an actual ARS, would an antibody test be conclusive at this point, as my "ARS" would be over? Thank you very much for your time.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

An antibody test might NOT be positive within one month of exposure.

Is it common?

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