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THURSDAY, February 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) – Some coronavirus test kits sent to state laboratories across the United States are flawed and do not provide accurate results, the Control Center and US Disease Prevention said on Wednesday.
The kits were shipped to every state, but CDC officials did not disclose how many kits were defective, New York Times report.
The distribution of kits has been made so that countries can test themselves and get results faster, instead of having to wait a few days for results from the CDC.
"Obviously, a state would not want to take this test and use it to make clinical decisions if it does not work well, perfectly, in the state as in the CDC," said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director. The National Center for Immunology and Respiratory Diseases, said at a press conference on Wednesday, Age report.
The problem appears to be due to a component related to testing, she said.
CDC will provide a new supply of the component and send it to all state laboratories with the kit, Messonnier said. The ingredients will be shipped to laboratories as soon as possible, according to officials.
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