Some Coronavirus Testing Kits Sent to States Are Faulty: CDC

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Some coronavirus testing kits sent to state laboratories across the United States are flawed and don't provide accurate results, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

Kits were sent to every state, but CDC officials didn't reveal how many of the kits were faulty, The New York Times reported.

Distribution of the kits was done so that states could do their own testing and get results faster, instead of having to wait several days for results from the CDC.

"Obviously, a state wouldn't want to be doing this test and using it to make clinical decisions if it isn't working as well, as perfectly, at the state as it is at CDC," Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during a media briefing on Wednesday, the Times reported.

The problem appears to be due to one ingredient involved in the test, she said.

The CDC will make a new supply of that ingredient and send it to all of the state laboratories with the kits, Messonnier said. The ingredient will be shipped to the laboratories as soon as possible, according to officials.

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