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San Diego lab ‘mix-up’ led to early coronavirus patient release from isolation

San Diego lab ‘mix-up’ led to early coronavirus patient release from isolation”

San Diego - An evacuee from China was released from a hospital in San Diego on Sunday before further tests confirmed the person was infected with Wuhan coronavirus.

The patient was discovered in San Diego, Calif., at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

"The first and second patients arrived on different planes and were housed in separate facilities; there are no epidemiologic links between them", the CDC said in a release.

She and three other people from the flight were subsequently hospitalized after showing possible symptoms of the disease that has killed more than 1,000 people, mostly in China.

Two of those cases are believed to have been transmitted person-to-person within the United States - both between married couples after one of the spouses returned home from a recent visit to China. A NHC study suggests the incubation period could be as long as 24 days, but the CDC says it still thinks 14 days is the best length of time to quarantine someone. The three patients who remain under the university's care are said to be doing well; others have been returned to quarantine. The confusion surrounding the launch of this girl who tested positive stems in the mislabeling of test specimens delivered to CDC headquarters in Atlanta.

The person is the 14th confirmed coronavirus case in the nation, and the eighth in California.

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Hundreds of people have been put in quarantine at the base since the start of the outbreak last month and each person must stay for at least two weeks after their arrival.

Errors by a hospital in San Diego and the CDC led to the first patient being sent back to base instead of isolation at the hospital, according to a health official familiar with the situation.

But the labs reported that while performing a verification procedure they realized the kits were returning inconclusive results, meaning neither positive nor negative, Messonnier said. The infected individual had returned to America on a State Department chartered flight on February 7, and is now under federal quarantine, according to a press release.

The facts concerning the mix-up happened the exact same day 195 evacuees were cleared to depart March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California, after clearing their closing screening.

"The number of deaths in China's central Hubei province from a coronavirus outbreak rose by 254 to 1322 as of Thursday, the province's health commission said on its website on Thursday".

The 15 US cases, spread among seven states, mostly involve travelers who recently returned from China.

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