Detection of Novel Coronavirus by RT-PCR in Stool Specimen from Asymptomatic Child, China

Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Jun;26(6):1337-1339. doi: 10.3201/eid2606.200301. Epub 2020 Jun 17.


We report an asymptomatic child who was positive for a coronavirus by reverse transcription PCR in a stool specimen 17 days after the last virus exposure. The child was virus positive in stool specimens for at least an additional 9 days. Respiratory tract specimens were negative by reverse transcription PCR.

Keywords: 2019 novel coronavirus disease; COVID-19; China; RT-PCR; SARS-CoV-2; asymptomatic child; coronavirus; novel coronavirus; respiratory infections; reverse transcription PCR; severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2; stool; viruses.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus / isolation & purification*
  • COVID-19
  • Child
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Feces / virology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnosis*
  • RNA, Viral / isolation & purification*
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • SARS-CoV-2


  • RNA, Viral