A viral outbreak linked in a small town to the vaccine used to prevent coronavirus has prompted an investigation by a state health department.
The investigation began Wednesday, when a county health official sent a letter to the Department of Health to request a test to confirm the link.
“This test would give us the chance to know if the vaccine that we are administering to the community is causing the viral infection,” said Jennifer Schoellkopf, the county health department’s assistant director of public health.
A small town outside of Washington, D.C., is the epicenter of the vaccine outbreak.
About 200 people were infected, and about 100 have died, including a young man who died Thursday from the coronaviruses coronaviral and non-covariate infections.
About 70 people have tested positive for coronavirin, and at least three have died.
More than 100 people in the Washington, District of Columbia area were vaccinated as of Friday, according to the D.H.S. Dr. Robert L. Cohen, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Thursday that there’s no proof the vaccine is causing this outbreak.
“There are some very strong indications that there may be some connection,” he said.
“We’re just waiting to see if those indications are strong enough to warrant us conducting further testing.”
“But this is something that we want to be able to do, so that we can protect the public,” Cohen added.
The state health commissioner said Friday that the department plans to investigate the local health department, and he said he has a list of people to contact if they have questions about the virus.
“We’ve got to do our part to protect the health of the residents in our county and also to protect those who are in our community,” he told reporters.
He said it will take some time before the CDC and the state health departments have a definitive answer about the outbreak.
Cohen said that the coronavalavirus outbreak has been spreading because there are too many people in rural areas of the country who don’t have access to the vaccines and other healthcare options.
He also noted that people living in rural counties are more likely to be vaccinated because they have more access to community health centers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people who have recently traveled outside the United States to receive the vaccine, including those with a travel history, have been vaccinated by a health care provider and have not received a vaccine by mail or at the airport.
Cohen also said there are more than 700 cases of coronaviid in the U.S., including a case in California, that is being investigated.
The CDC also released a statement saying that coronaviroids are not expected to cause widespread illness and death, but that they are linked to increased infections of people who do not have access or receive vaccines.
While the number of cases of COVID-19 has dropped to about 3,400 nationwide, it has been growing rapidly in the United State, according the CDC.
In the Washington area, the number is currently at more than 2,000.