CDC recalls 1,300,000 kits for viruses that could disrupt computers

More than two million kits have been recalled in the United States and Canada after results of home testing discovered over 1,000 labs had been infected by a virus that could disrupt computer systems,…

CDC recalls 1,300,000 kits for viruses that could disrupt computers

More than two million kits have been recalled in the United States and Canada after results of home testing discovered over 1,000 labs had been infected by a virus that could disrupt computer systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The kits affected by the recall tested for viruses that can cause infections through the machine’s registry. Individuals who’ve had contaminated equipment used home viruses tests in their homes instead of using qualified labs to test for viruses, the CDC reported.

In a release from the CDC, chief medical officer Dr. Jeffrey Koplan said they are aware of more than 5,000 laboratory-confirmed cases in the United States and 566 cases in Canada.

Symptoms of lab-confirmed infection can include fever, tiredness, headaches, gastrointestinal problems and nausea.

[Related: Canada recalls genetic analysis kit due to toxic shock]

In response to the growing concerns, the CDC and at least half a dozen laboratories are offering free lab tests or anti-virus software for computers that are infected. At least two labs are offering free malware removal.

For more information on the recall and free testing, visit the CDC’s website.

Read the full story at CNN.

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