CDC confirms 15th case of Covid-19 in the United States

Henrietta Brewer
February 14, 2020

The only confirmed evacuee cases were at Miramar, where about 200 people are being held under quarantine until all are cleared.

The evacuee was returned to the hospital on Monday after testing positive for the virus.

Four of the evacuees were among the 201 who landed February 7 at the base near Fairfield.

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 CDC says this woman is the 13 confirmed case of the virus in the United States and is the first among hundreds who have been evacuated from China to the U.S. They are under two-week quarantines at military bases in California, Texas and Nebraska. One of the passengers was being screened and counted twice daily because of a clerical error. Each kit can test about 700 to 800 specimens from patients, the agency said. Initially, officials said that all four individuals tested negative for the illness, however, the woman's sample wasn't included in the initial test batch.

All states received testing kits - which can test between 700 and 800 patient samples, officials have previously said - but it's not now clear which states have reported faulty kits.

There are also new questions about how long it can take for the virus to show up. None were infected with the virus.

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In worldwide developments, Messonnier said the CDC is in contact with Japanese health officials, because there are an unspecified number of sick Americans on the quarantined cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama port. Of the total confirmed cases, mainland China accounts for 59,539, while 1,361 of deaths are also on mainland China.

The CDC is working closely with the states to correct the issues in the testing kits, Messonnier said.

Mike Ryan, head of WHO health emergencies programme said the rest of a WHO-led mission was expected to start arriving in China over the coming weekend, joining an advance team already in Beijing to help investigate the outbreak.

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