The CDC said that while this is the 14th confirmed cases there will likely be more in the coming days, including among recent evacuees from Wuhan where the disease that has killed 1,113 people in mainland China and infected tens of thousands more believed to have emerged.
The 13th case of the novel coronavirus in the US has been detected in California, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention stated Monday. The problems have not adversely affected testing of possible COVID-19 cases, and samples collected from people suspected of having the virus are still being sent to the CDC lab for confirmation and validation.
Because of this, when the samples were brought to the CDC in Atlanta, three of them were not immediately processed. That lab is handling specimens from across the country.More news: Novel coronavirus deaths in China top 1300 as country expands diagnosis
With the last case in California, he noted that "there was probably confusion and the original evidence was not negative", although he did not give more details about the nature of the confusion, indicating that that was all the information she had. Still, the CDC said Wednesday that it may be optimistic to think the virus cases are peaking.
They added that an additional patient has been sent to the hospital for evaluation. Those patients were part of a group who recently evacuated from Wuhan, China. "They will take time to develop - but in the meantime, we are not defenseless", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a Tuesday press conference. "That's how we're going to spot small outbreaks and prevent them from becoming larger outbreaks". One quarantine officer has also been infected, according to Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Luciana Borio, director of medical and biodefense preparedness at the National Security Council from 2017-2019, said it was important to have faith in the portable testing kits before they could be relied upon in a public health emergency.More news: 92nd Oscars draw record low audience
"We have to assume that we're going to see a lot more cases here", Borio said.
Almost 200 people evacuated from the China coronavirus outbreak were released from quarantine in California on Tuesday with officials urging Americans not to shun them, or workers who helped them, after both groups faced discrimination. The federal agency announced this week that it suspended inspections of Chinese drug manufacturing facilities due to the outbreak. "During a response like this we know things may not always go as smoothly as we like". "When you hear something like that, that we don't have inspectors there, what risk are we taking?" The hospital released her at the CDC's direction after being told that everyone quarantined had shown negative results, when, in fact, her sample was excluded from the rest of the batch.More news: Jackie McNamara: former sick Celtic and Scottish defender in hospital