Left Menu
Development News Edition

US health authority shipped faulty coronavirus test kits across country

PTI | Washington DC | Updated: 13-02-2020 02:43 IST | Created: 13-02-2020 02:43 IST
US health authority shipped faulty coronavirus test kits across country

Washington, Feb 13 (AFP) A number of test kits sent out by US health authorities to labs across the country to diagnose the deadly novel coronavirus are faulty, a senior official has said. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began shipping 200 test kids nationwide on February 5 to speed up the diagnosis of US cases of COVID-19, which currently number 13.

But the labs reported that while performing a verification procedure they realised the kits were returning inconclusive results, meaning neither positive nor negative, said senior CDC official Nancy Messonnier. "We think that the issue at the stage, can be explained by one reagent that isn't performing as it should, consistently," she said, referring to one the substances used in the kit.

"And that's why we are remanufacturing that reagent." For now, the testing of all patient specimens will continue to be carried out at the CDC's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

The US is shipping the test kit to 36 countries that have placed orders, and each kit can be used approximately 700 to 800 times. (AFP) RHL



New farm bills in India: Focusing on farms or farmers?

... ...

Kenya’s COVID-19 response: Chaos amid lack of information

Confusing numbers and scanty information on how effective curfews and lockdowns have been in breaking transmission have amplified coordination and planning challenges in Kenyas response to COVID-19. Without accurate data, it is impossible t...

Farkhad Akhmedov: Calculating the price of impunity from the law

In insistences such as the battle over the Luna, Akhmedov has resorted to extreme legal machinations to subvert the High Courts decision and keep his assets from being seized. ...

Guinea’s elections hearken back to the autocracy and violence of its past

... ...


Latest News

Pelosi, Trump trade blame on COVID-19 stimulus talks; Senate Republicans on sidelines

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday it still was possible to get another round of COVID-19 aid before the Nov. 3 general election, but that it was up to President Donald Trump to act, including bringing along reluctant Senate Rep...

Crews battling largest wildfires in Colorado history brace for high winds

Crews battling a string of wildfires in drought-stricken Colorado braced on Friday for the return of high winds that have stoked flames in what authorities have called an unprecedented outbreak of late-season wildfires.Three of the largest ...

Democrats in U.S. drilling states push back against Biden oil remarks

Democratic candidates in oil drilling states were quick to distance themselves on Friday from comments by their partys presidential candidate, Joe Biden, that indicated he would move the United States away from a reliance on oil.From Texas ...

Health News Roundup: U.S. CDC reports 8,387,047 coronavirus cases; Europe braces for lengthy battle with COVID and more

Following is a summary of current health news briefs.U.S. CDC reports 8,387,047 coronavirus casesThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC on Friday reported 8,387,047 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 74,380 cases from...

Give Feedback