CDC To Distribute Coronavirus Test Kits Worldwide
CDC WILL SEND 400 TEST KITS FOR WUHAN CORONAVIRUS TO NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LABS.
(CNN) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will distribute 400 test kits for Wuhan coronavirus
each test kit can perform up to 800 patient samples.
The test is called a reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction test.
It can detect Wuhan coronavirus from nasal or oral swabs.
Half the kits will go to domestic laboratories and half will go to international labs.
The extra kits mean local health officials will be able to confirm cases themselves rather than waiting for the CDC.
Previously, the CDC was the only lab in the U.S. able to test for the new coronavirus.