Thursday, October 8, 2020

13-year-old spreads COVID-19 to 11 family members on vacation, after negative test

 Fourteen members of the family stayed together in a house for three weeks, per the CDC. One member, a teenager, had COVID-19 and infected 11 others.

A CDC report published Monday shows how one teenager who tested negative for COVID-19 infected 11 of her family members, leading to an outbreak involving four states.TODAY Illustration / Getty Images

A COVID-19 outbreak across four states that has infected at least 11 people was started by a 13-year-old girl who spread the coronavirus during a family vacation, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The data contributes to the "increasing evidence that children and adolescents can efficiently transmit SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes (COVID-19)," the CDC said in the report. It also serves as a warning for families considering traveling and staying under the same roof this the holiday season.

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