Published: Fri, February 14, 2020
Medical | By Mark Scott

ME resident tested for coronavirus, first suspected case in state: health officials


A fifteenth American has coronavirus, U.S. officials announced Thursday.

Last week, the CDC had begun to ship about 200 testing kits to labs across the USA and 200 more to over 30 different countries so that more facilities could conduct testing for the new coronavirus.

During trial runs in some states, the kits resulted in "inconclusive" results, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said at a news conference on Wednesday.

The patient is the first person under quarantine at the base who had symptoms and tested positive for the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement. "And that's why we are remanufacturing that reagent", she added.

So far, there have been just two known cases of human-to-human transmission in the United States but, after hopeful signs the outbreak might be subsiding, China Thursday reported a huge surge of more than 14,000 new cases. 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.

"Things may not always go as smoothly as we may like", said Messonnier. None of those people tested positive for the virus, officials said.

As a result, the CDC is re-manufacturing the component they believe to be at fault for the imperfect testing and will redistribute the test component.

They had all tested negative for the virus, multiple times over the course of their time on March Air Reserve near Riverside, California.

Two earlier US cases were found among evacuees flown to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in Southern California. At this point, 37 states have sent samples to the U.S. CDC for testing, and the vast majority of those tests have come back negative. The delay in diagnosis might contribute to the disease's spread as patients under investigation (PUI) will remain unconfirmed as having the disease. The two arrived at Miramar on different planes and were housed in separate facilities on base.

Two Russian women who were quarantined for possible inflection by a new virus say they fled their hospitals this month because of uncooperative doctors, poor conditions and fear they would become infected.

'Since airport screening began in mid-January we have screened more than 30,000 passengers. Most people show no symptoms and weren't labeled as high-risk.

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