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To date we have 110 of what we’re calling persons under investigation or PUIs from 26 states. This is a cumulative number and will only increase. We still only have five confirmed positives and 32 that have tested negative. There have been no new confirmed cases overnight.

Last week we mentioned CDC has developed a diagnostic test called a real-time reverse transcription preliminary chain reaction, that’s RRTPCR.  It can diagnose this new coronavirus in respiratory serum samples from clinical specimens.
Last Friday we publicly posted the protocol for this test.  This is a blueprint to make the test.  Currently we’re refining this use of this test so we can provide optimal guidance to states and laboratories on how to use it.
We’re working on a plan now so that priority states get these kits as soon as possible.  But in the coming weeks we’ll share these tests with domestic and international partners so they can test for the virus themselves.
Our longer-term plan is to share these tests with domestic and international partners through the agency’s international re-agent resource.  Additionally, CDC uploaded the entire genome from the virus from the first and now second cases reported in the United States.
All the sequences we extracted are similar the one that China initially posted a couple of weeks ago.  This means that right now and based on CDC’s analysis of the available data it doesn’t look like the virus has mutated. 

***Well at least we got that going for us...***
And we’re growing the virus in cell culture which is necessary for further studies, including the additional genetic characterization.
Once isolated the virus will be available in the bei resources repository, which is a NIH resource that supplies organisms and re-agents to the broad community or microbiology and infectious disease researchers.
As we have said since the beginning, this is a rapidly changing situation, both here and abroad.  16 international locations including the U.S. have identified cases of this new virus.  I’m sure you’ve seen the reporting and videos coming out of china in Wuhan, particularly.
Our thoughts are with the people on the front lines of this emerging public health threat in China.
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