San Diego lab ‘mix-up’ led to early coronavirus patient release from isolation

Henrietta Strickland
February 14, 2020

The person arrived in the US last week on a State Department flight from Wuhan, China and was hospitalized with three others after showing possible symptoms of the virus, CNN said.

It was not immediately clear how long the San Diego patient was circulating inside quarantine after initial tests came back negative, what route the evacuee took out of the hospital, or which of two hospital locations they were held at. The confusion surrounding the launch of this girl who tested positive stems in the mislabeling of test specimens delivered to CDC headquarters in Atlanta.

They were flown by government-chartered cargo jet on January 29 to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County about 60 miles (97 km) east of Los Angeles where they were in quarantine for 14-days - the outer limit of the virus' possible incubation period. "They will take time to develop - but in the meantime, we are not defenseless", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a Tuesday press conference.

Now, the CDC is remaking the component they believe to be at fault, a setback for the long-awaited tests meant to cut down wait times for test results.

This is the second passenger from Wuhan to be diagnosed. No details have been released that patient.

The evacuee was returned to the hospital on Monday after testing positive for the virus.

"The three patients are doing well", it said in a statement, adding they were being treated in negative-pressure isolation rooms.

The university also said Wednesday that it has received an additional patient for testing from the quarantined group of evacuees living at Miramar, bringing the total to nine since last week.

The patient is now in isolation at a California hospital and, to date, has only mild disease, Messonnier said.

UC San Diego Health, a regional analysis hospital that makes a specialty of lethal and infectious illnesses, launched four sufferers Sunday after the Center for Disease Control knowledgeable the hospital that the sufferers had examined adverse for coronavirus.

"The issue with quarantine remains the lack of ability in a closed environment like this to maintain infection prevention measures on a ship", said Dr. Eric Cioe-Pena, director of global health at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, New York.

The patient was sent from Miramar to a local hospital in the San Diego area for evaluation, awaiting test results.

The CDC stated it would certainly be launching even more information concerning the second case Wednesday evening.

'And that's why we are remanufacturing that reagent'.

"As per CDC instruction, patients being evaluated will remain admitted until the test results are confirmed by the CDC", they said.

The agency is now re-evaluating the test kits and working with state labs to correct problems, Messonnier said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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