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Some coronavirus test kits shipped around USA are flawed, CDC claims

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Patty Aguilar | 13 February, 2020, 18:56

Accelerating the speed of tests, which can be delayed by days if sent to Atlanta, is important given the agency's expectation the virus at some point is likely to start spreading within US communities.

The US is bracing for the new coronavirus that has now struck 60,000 people worldwide to spread in the US, officials said the previous day.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday said some coronavirus testing kits sent to state laboratories around the country don't work properly.

Monday, a spokesperson for the health district said testing kits were received to test for novel coronavirus, and that they would allow for results in a more timely manner.

Messonnier warned that at some point the United States was likely to see "community spread".

The test issues came up as scientists from the United States and other countries tried to get access to data to validate reports suggesting the number of new cases of the virus in China has been dropping.

When asked about Trump's tweet, Messonnier said most respiratory viruses are indeed seasonal, but COVID-19 is a new disease that health officials have been observing for only 6 weeks, so it's premature to make assumptions on whether it will continue to circulate into the spring and summer.

Yesterday, Dr Messonnier said: 'Chinese cases are dropping down, so we're optimistic that their aggressive methods are effective, but it's too soon to say'. More than 600 people who were evacuated from Wuhan remain under federal quarantine in Texas, Nebraska, and California.

The CDC on Tuesday released 195 people from quarantine at March Air Reserve Base in California after holding them there for 14 days. Signs and symptoms include fever and/or cough and difficulty breathing. Each kit can test 700 to 800 specimens from patients, said CDC.

However, since the initial tests and after being cleared, CDC officials confirmed the child "developed additional symptoms" that needed further evaluation, prompting the return to the hospital. The two arrived at Miramar on different planes and were housed in separate facilities on base. CEO Leonard Schleifer tells News 12 that when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requested Regeneron to help find a cure, his teams had already been hard at work on that since China first announced the outbreak.

'Mostly, they are coming in from mainland China, have no symptoms and are not high risk'.

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