Published: Fri, February 14, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

The 15th United States case of coronavirus is an evacuee in Texas

The 15th United States case of coronavirus is an evacuee in Texas

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.

It was the third evacuee and first at Lackland to test positive, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a statement while noting that there will likely be additional cases among people recently returned from China.

Officials have not said how numerous kits are flawed.

'At some point, we're likely to see community spread in the USA, ' she said during a press briefing.

Also, the CDC provided an update on a testing problem that occurred with the nation's 13th patient, whose illness from the novel coronavirus was announced yesterday by California health officials. She was the first United States evacuee from China to be known to be infected with the novel coronavirus.

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Also in isolation is a woman who was mistakenly released because of a mislabeled sample that hadn't been tested for coronavirus. A Cambodian health official says some 20 passengers have fever or stomachaches but they are thought to be normal illnesses.


The hospital sent their specimens to a CDC lab in Atlanta for testing.

The 15 USA cases, spread among seven states, mostly involve travelers who recently returned from China. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, had said during a news briefing Wednesday morning that the global 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 three patients who remain under the university's care are said to be doing well; others have been returned to quarantine.

She'd originally been dismissed as negative for the disease, but when her sample was actually run and came up positive, the woman was transported back to the hospital. The infection was confirmed through a Wednesday night lab test. A total of 167 evacuees were aboard the first flight that arrived on February 5.

The patients did not infect one another, and fewer people who have been in China are now coming back to the US.

'Since airport screening began in mid-January we have screened more than 30,000 passengers. Of the total confirmed cases, mainland China accounts for 59,539, while 1,361 of deaths are also on mainland China.

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