US Will Test People With Flu Symptoms For Novel Coronavirus
Faizan Hashmi 6 days ago Fri 14th February 2020 | 11:50 PM
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Feb, 2020 ) :The US will begin testing people identified by local health authorities as having flu-like symptoms for the novel coronavirus, a senior official said Friday, a significant expansion of the government's response to the epidemic.
"CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has begun working with five public health labs across the US to tap into their ability to conduct community based influenza surveillance, so that we can begin testing people with flu-like symptoms for novel coronavirus," said Nancy Messonnier, a senior CDC official.
The announcement came as the number of confirmed US cases rose to 15, and about 600 people remained quarantined.
Messonnier added that those suspected of being exposed to the virus required repeated testing over a 14-day period, in case an early test returned a false negative.