A 13-year-old girl passed on COVID-19 to 11 relatives, including several from suburban Cook County, during a three-week family vacation in a shared home this summer, according to local health officials and the U.S. Centers for Control. and disease prevention. .
The CDC released detailed findings of the case in an online report on Friday, noting that the outbreak highlights several important problems, including the fact that children and adolescents can efficiently transmit SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID- 19.
The teenager was exposed to the virus during a major outbreak in June 2020 and, due to her exposure, tried to get tested after she returned home, according to the CDC.
A rapid antigen test performed four days after exposure, when the adolescent was asymptomatic, was negative. Two days later, the 1
It is not known whether the girl and her close relatives are from Cook County.
A total of 14 relatives from four states, including the patient, remained in a five-bedroom, two-bathroom home for 8-25 days and did not wear face masks or practice physical distancing.
Six other relatives visited on two occasions, one of which was when six people staying at the house were potentially infectious. The six visiting relatives kept physical distance and remained outdoors, but wore no face masks.
Of those who stayed at home, 12 individuals, including the teenager, had COVID-19.
One person who contracted the coronavirus was hospitalized and another sought emergency room care for respiratory symptoms; both have recovered, officials said. None of the six relatives who stayed outdoors and kept physical distance developed any symptoms.
The Cook County Department of Public Health confirmed that several people involved were from suburban Cook County, but did not provide further information, citing privacy concerns.
County health officials think the community is not at risk from the cases.
According to the CDC, the investigation into the case provides evidence of the benefit of physical distancing as a strategy to prevent the virus.
The situation also reinforces the recommendation that the person must quarantine for 14 days after a known exposure or after a trip when requested by local authorities.
While the CDC did not say where the gathering took place or where it is claimed that family members resided, a footnote in the article quotes Rhode Island Department of Health, Georgia Department of Health, Cook County Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.