Study of SARS-CoV-2 in semen and urine samples of a volunteer with positive naso-pharyngeal swab.

Publication date: Apr 23, 2020

The recent appearance of SARS-CoV-2 in Wuhan in 2019 has started a pandemic which has involved over a million people worldwide. A matter of debate is the possible viral detection in different body fluids than respiratory droplets. Thus, we evaluated the possible presence of SARS-CoV-2 in semen and urine samples of a volunteer with confirmed COVID-19.

A 31-year-old man with fever, myalgia, anosmia, and ageusia was tested and found positive for SARS-CoV-2 through a pharyngeal swab. Eight days after he provided semen and urine samples in which viral RNA presence was measured using a Real time RT PCR system (RealStar SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR, Altona Diagnostics) targeting E and S viral genes.

Semen and urine samples search for SARS-CoV-2 RNA was negative. Although this should be interpreted cautiously, it may be possible that either the viral clearance kinetics in these matrices matches the progressive clinical recovery of the patient or that the virus was never present in these fluids at the time of the laboratory diagnosis.

Concepts Keywords
Altona SARS
Anosmia Viruses
Fever Zoonoses
Kinetics Animal diseases
Matrices Animal virology
Myalgia Coronaviridae
Pandemic
PCR
Pharyngeal
Progressive
RT
SARS
Semen
Urine
Viral
Virus
Wuhan

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease MESH anosmia
disease MESH ageusia
disease MESH diagnosis

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