Washington recalls 12,000 coronavirus test kits for possible contamination

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12,000 coronavirus test kits recalled for possible contamination

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

About 12,000 coronavirus testing kits were recalled by the Washington Department of Health after being alerted by officials at the University of Washington about possible contamination.

The kits had been sent to health facilities, tribal nations and state agency partners.

"Though the quality control issue has only been observed in a small number of tubes of viral transport media, we adhere to the highest quality standards for COVID-19 testing in Washington state," Secretary of Health John Wiesman said in a release. "We are working with our partners to have them discard the product and will work to replace them as quickly as we can."

Officials said there is no health risk to patients, KIRO-TV reported.

UW Medicine noticed that the fluid in the kit that preserves the test specimen was an unusual color, prompting the investigation into potential contamination.

Although testing at UW Medicine confirmed that the issues did not affect coronavirus testing results, the tests were still recalled out of an “abundance of caution.”The Department of Health is working to replace the kits as quickly as possible.

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