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Some coronavirus testing kits sent around the world are not working properly

The patient is under federal quarantine at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland after returning from a State Department-chartered flight that landed on February 7.

The person was aboard a flight from the city of Wuhan that arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in Southern California last week, the CDC said.

So far, there have been just two known cases of human-to-human transmission in the U.S. but, after hopeful signs the outbreak might be subsiding, China Thursday reported a huge surge of more than 14,000 new cases. The two arrived on different planes and were housed in separate facilities.

"We want to reassure our patients, their loved ones and the community at large that there is no exposure risk at any UC San Diego Health hospitals or clinics", the health system said in a statement.

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All 50 states received testing kits from the CDC but a problem with the kits was discovered by multiple state labs, delaying the use of the kits, which enable testing samples away from the CDC's Atlanta headquarters. Each kit can test about 700 to 800 specimens from patients, the agency said. That mistake led to the Miramar patients being transferred back to the base Sunday afternoon. 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. The woman has had a very mild illness, according to the source, with no fever and a slight cough. The three patients who remain under the university's care are said to be doing well; others have been returned to quarantine.

Health experts testifying to Congress on Wednesday said that the United States could potentially see thousands of cases of COVID-19.

The fast-spreading virus has killed 1,370 people and infected about 60,000, almost all in China, constraining the world's second largest economy and handing the ruling Communist Party one of its most hard tests in years. The vast majority of infections have been in mainland China.



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