CDC confirms 15th coronavirus case in U.S.

Grant Boone
February 13, 2020

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said some of the kits sent to U.S. 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.

Maine CDC was made aware of the individual through protocols established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) to limit the spread of coronavirus in the United States. The person, who was not identified, is now isolated at home.

The reason was "to try to bring the testing closer to patients", said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases in today's news conference.

Last week, CDC announced it had begun shipping more than 200 kits to laboratories throughout the country.

However, yesterday Dr Messonnier revealed that some tests are flawed, returning "inconsistent" results in quality assurance testing, rather than clear positives or negatives. It hasn't said how numerous kits are flawed, however. In that case, the sample the patient gave never ran through the diagnostic test, Messonnier said. NCIRD, which she heads, is part of CDC. On the other hand, the Chinese government on Wednesday claims an initial victory in controlling the outbreak, saying the number of newly reported cases has fallen for the eighth straight day.

Of six USA state health departments that responded to Reuters requests for comment, half of them, including California and Georgia, said they were waiting for a replacement component for kits to make them work.

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More than 600 people who returned to the United States from Wuhan on chartered flights remain under federal quarantine at three US military bases - JSBA-Lackland, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, and Camp Ashland, an Army National Guard facility in Nebraska.

Covid-19 continues its relentless spread throughout China.

Passengers board buses after arriving on an airplane carrying US citizens being evacuated from Wuhan, China, at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif., on January 29, 2020. There have only been two deaths reported outside of China: one in the Philippines and one in Japan.

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

Then, Wednesday night, a fourteenth patient was confirmed.

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