Some US states launch coronavirus testing while faulty test kits delay others

Henrietta Strickland
February 14, 2020

The CDC is also monitoring more than 30,000 people who have come to the USA from China since mid-January.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said some of the kits sent to US states and at least 30 countries produced "inconclusive" results due to a flawed component and the CDC planned to send replacement materials to make the kits work.

The patient was in isolation at a San Diego hospital, UC San Diego Health confirmed.

This is the first person under quarantine at JBSA-Lackland who had symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus, the agency said.

"There will likely be additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including among other people recently returned from Wuhan", the CDC said.

All those under quarantine are being closely monitored to contain the spread of the virus, the CDC said. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, had said during a news briefing Wednesday morning that the worldwide shipments had been sent, but later in the afternoon said she was mistaken and the test kits had not been distributed to other countries.

Wilson described what it was like under quarantine at the air base, saying the CDC recommended the residents stand six feet away from each other, but they are placed shoulder-to-shoulder for daily temperature checks, which he said "flies in the face of the protections and precautions". The woman, who was not identified, arrived last week on a State Department-chartered flight from Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly outbreak.

In all, Japan has 247 confirmed cases of the new virus that apparently started in Wuhan. There have only been two deaths reported outside of China: one in the Philippines and one in Japan. Under an executive order from President Donald Trump, foreigners who have been to China within two weeks were blocked from entering the United States.

It hasn't said how numerous kits are flawed, however. Most people show no symptoms and weren't labeled as high-risk. All passengers were subject to 14-day quarantines starting the day they left China.

The Southern Nevada Health District confirmed this on Wednesday and said it is looking into the possible 'performance issues.

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