It is not known whether any of the tests were linked to the illness, but the US health agency has warned that the test could be “a trigger” for the pandemic.
The agency said in a statement that “most” of the results found on the test had “substantial uncertainty” and could lead to “potential health complications” such as bleeding and infections.
“Some of the tested Pap test results might have significant health consequences, such as increased risk of developing a blood infection, bleeding or infection,” the statement said.
“However, this uncertainty does not indicate that there is an actual risk of a negative result or that a negative test is a cause for alarm.
While some of the test results were not positive, a majority of the Pap test guidelines suggest that it is safe for women to have an Pap test if the results are positive.”
“In general, the risk of the negative result is low.”‘
I don’t feel scared’A spokeswoman for the World Health Organization, which is part of the US government, said in an email that the guidelines were “excellent” but that “we have not had a positive test in the history of the WHO”.
“This underscores that the WHO is aware of the challenges posed by the Pap testing system, and is working on solutions to ensure that all countries are able to comply with their obligations to ensure the protection of public health,” the spokeswoman said.
The WHO did not have a response to questions about the test.
The Pap test has been tested in the US, Canada, the UK and New Zealand since 2000, and there are no national guidelines.
The American Institute of Reproductive Medicine, which supports the tests, said it was “very concerned” that the results of the American test were being shared.
“The US test is an expensive test and we feel that this is a serious breach of privacy and public trust,” the association’s director, Dr Helen Smith, told the BBC.
“This information should be kept private and it’s time for the US to come clean about its Pap testing process.”
The Australian Health and Medical Research Council said it had no evidence of a link between the tests and the outbreak.
Australian health officials have also been warning that the virus is moving across borders, with Australian officials saying that “a significant number” of people in China had tested positive.
Australia’s Department of Health said it “does not yet have sufficient data” to say whether people who tested positive in China were actually infected with the virus.
A spokesman said the department had been working with China to investigate the incident.
“We are currently gathering additional data from relevant Chinese authorities to support our assessment,” he said.