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US Coronavirus Test Kits Sent to States, 30 Countries Are Flawed, C.D.C. Says

23:05  12 february  2020
23:05  12 february  2020 Source:   nytimes.com

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Some of the coronavirus testing kits sent to state laboratories around the country have flaws and do not work properly, the Centers for Disease Control At a news conference on Wednesday morning, Dr. Messonnier said that test kits had been shipped to more than 30 other countries , but later in the

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Some of the coronavirus testing kits sent to states and to at least 30 other countries have flaws and do not work properly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

A medical staff member works with test systems for the diagnosis of coronavirus, at the Krasnodar Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology microbiology lab in Russia.© Associated Press A medical staff member works with test systems for the diagnosis of coronavirus, at the Krasnodar Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology microbiology lab in Russia.

The kits were meant to enable states to conduct their own testing and get results faster than they would by shipping samples to the C.D.C. in Atlanta. But the failure of the kits means that states still have to depend on the C.D.C., which will mean several days’ delay in getting results.

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Some of the coronavirus testing kits distributed to state labs around the US do not work properly, according to the Centers Some of the kits , which also were sent to at least 30 countries , produced “inconclusive” results because of flawed components — and the CDC said it planned to send

THE CDC has warned test kits for the deadly coronavirus that are sent to U.S. states are flawed . As individual states work to investigate Although some results were "inconclusive," Messonnier assured the health agency is taking proactive action with states to identify any cases of the virus and prevent

The C.D.C. announced last week that it had begun shipping about 200 kits to laboratories in the United States and roughly 200 more to labs in more than 30 other countries. Each kit can test about 700 to 800 specimens from patients, the agency said.

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Officials have not said how many of the kits are flawed.

On trial runs in some states, the kits produced results that were “inconclusive,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said at a news conference on Wednesday.

“Things may not always go as smoothly as we may like,” Dr. Messonnier said.

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She said the C.D.C. was working closely with the states, and would send out new ingredients to laboratories that have encountered the problem.

There have been 13 confirmed cases of the infection in patients in the United States so far. About 850 evacuees have been quarantined at military bases after returning from China. Still others are under self-quarantine at their homes.

The flawed test kits are a separate issue from the mislabeled samples in San Diego that led officials to discharge from the hospital a woman who was sick from the coronavirus.

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