CDC confirms 15th U.S. coronavirus case under quarantine at JBSA-Lackland

John Amis | AP

Amid the Novel coronavirus outbreak that's infected 13 persons in the United States thus far comes the alarming news some of the testing kits that identify this highly-contagious disease can't do the job.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the error occurred after it issued a negative finding Sunday on a large batch of specimens tested on people quarantined at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

UCSD Health officials stressed that the medical center is fully equipped to handle the illness, which has now been dubbed COVID-19 by the World Health Organization.

Then, Wednesday night, a fourteenth patient was confirmed.

CDC clinical epidemiologist and the company's head on-site doctor on the San Diego base, Dr. Christopher Braden, mentioned in a commentary that there's recently "no indication of person-to-person spread of this virus at the quarantine facility" however that "CDC will carry out a thorough contact investigation as part of its current response strategy to detect and contain any cases of infection with this virus". CDC also planned to ship another 200 to labs in other countries. "I do want to prepare you for that", said Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control's division of high outcome pathogens and pathology.

"A number of the confirmed cases that we confirmed actually just presented with a little sore throat".

She said CDC is working closely with states, and will deliver new ingredients to laboratories that have encountered the problem.


She added that the CDC, in its outbreak planning, isn't counting on a drop in virus activity as the weather warms. It's responsible for the planning, coordination and conduct of immunization programs in the United States. Wednesday evening, Chinese health officials had reported almost 60,000 cases and 1,357 deaths.

As of 6:10 a.m., Thursday, Hong Kong time, China reports 1,363 deaths directly attributable to Covid-19.

In the same interview, the top CDC official said USA experts have still not been allowed in China to help with the virus outbreak despite numerous offers.

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

In Russia, only two cases of COVID-19 have been reported.

All three patients are "doing well, " according to hospital officials.

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