According to UC San Diego Health officials, both confirmed patients are in isolation at the hospital, with a third patient under observation because of coronavirus-like symptoms.
"The two patients arrived on different planes and were housed in separate facilities; there are no epidemiologic links between them", a CDC statement said. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, had said during a news briefing Wednesday morning that the worldwide shipments had been sent, but later in the afternoon said she was mistaken and the test kits had not been distributed to other countries. Apparently, one of the reagents used in the tests wasn't performing consistently. "During a response like this we know things may not always go as smoothly as we like". Previously, states with suspected cases of the virus would send respiratory secretions, namely nasal or oral swabs, to the agency's headquarters in Atlanta for testing, forcing state officials to await the results before confirming a case.
The initial group of almost 200 evacuees were released earlier this week from March Air Reserve Base near Los Angeles after the 14-day presumed incubation period of the virus had lapsed without anyone falling ill, the CDC said.
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The patient was among a group that had returned on a charter flight from China on February 7.
"Obviously, a state wouldn't want to be doing this test and using it to make clinical decisions if it isn't working as well, as perfectly, at the state as it is at CDC", said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), said at a news conference.
'At some point, we're likely to see community spread in the United States, ' she said during a press briefing.
Even so, Taplitz said the hospital was anticipating more cases of the illness coming into the UCSD Health system.More news: Trump says peace deal with Taliban ‘very close’
Covid-19 continues its relentless spread throughout China. NCIRD, which she heads, is part of CDC.
The patient has been under federal quarantine since arriving in the United States from China on a chartered flight on February 7, the CDC said. All passengers on that flight have been under a federal 14-day quarantine since landing in the U.S. CDC also planned to ship another 200 to labs in other countries.
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