Illegal COVID-19 testing labs shut down; Coronavirus test in Mexico are Free


Laboratory in Tampico closed for illegal tests of COVID-19

Authorities of the State Commission for Protection Against Sanitary Risks in Tamaulipas closed two private laboratories of the same company ” Lister Laboratories ” located in Tampico. The reason: practiced without proper certification, testing the COVID- 19, which, to say the state Health Department “leads to professional irresponsibility because its results also were reported to the Ministry of Health of Tamaulipas, as sets the standard for the national security problem caused by the coronavirus ”.

According to the same testimony of those responsible for the place, 80 tests had been carried out in said laboratories at a cost of 2,300 pesos per test, when the health sector exams are free. Laboratory “Lister” does not appear on the federal government list of laboratories with recognition by the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference. No tests carried out in the Lister laboratory had reported any results to the Ministry of Health and the people who came to take the test do not have official recognition.

In the particular case of a person from Tampico who claimed to be a carrier of the virus, the agency said, and it was under the supervision of the state health sector after undergoing the COVID-19 medical exams. The illegal practice of this laboratory was detected after a person of the female sex from Tampico published a video on the network demonstrating that he was carrying the virus. Of that, the State Health Secretariat had no record.

Laboratories were in Jalisco were also closed for offering COVID-19 tests

The Jalisco prosecutor, Gerardo Octavio Solís Gómez.  Photo: Taken from Twitter

The Jalisco prosecutor, Gerardo Octavio Solís Gómez, reported that two laboratories that offered tests to detect COVID-19 were closed: one of them operated in a house, while the other subrogated the service.

The businesses are the Puerta Hierro laboratory, located in Andares, and the one who was subrogating the tests is identified as the Clinical Analysis Laboratory. Puerta de Hierro charged 6,500 for the test.

This week the complaint was received at the State Prosecutor’s Office, so that personnel from that agency, the Ministry of Health and the Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks of the State of Jalisco (Coprisjal) went to the place.

There they found that “the laboratory referred to in the subrogation contract was a house-room” together with a local optician.

He said that “in the event of non-compliance with a series of administrative regulations, both laboratories were suspended.”

The head of the Jalisco Health Secretariat (SSJ), Fernando Petersen mentioned that the Puerta de Hierro laboratory was investigated after the complaint of a young man who lives in the United States, but was visiting in Cuautla.

The Health Secretary asked people who underwent tests at the Puerta de Hierro laboratory more than 15 days ago to contact the agency’s COVID hot-line.

Fernando Petersen reiterated that in Jalisco, there are only three laboratories that are certified to carry out the coronavirus detection tests: the State Laboratory, the IMSS Western Biomedical Research Center, and the Clinical Pathology Unit.

Where can a COVID-19 test be performed in Mexico?

The federal government has released a list of 61 certified labs where COVID-19 tests can be performed, as long as the patient has been identified as a suspected case of coronavirus, the labs are

State Public Health Laboratories –

Which corresponds to the 32 states of the Mexican Republic. Support Laboratories for Epidemiological Surveillance (LAVES) – National Institute of Respiratory Diseases -National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition “Salvador Zubirán” -General Hospital of Mexico-November 20 Hospital -Laboratorio Central de Epidemiología, National Medical Center La Raza

Laboratories of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) -Support Laboratories for Epidemiological Surveillance of the Center for Biomedical Research of the West (CIB), Guadalajara, Jalisco. -Support Laboratories for Epidemiological Surveillance of the Northeast Biomedical Research Center (CIBIN), Monterrey, Nuevo León -Support Laboratories for Epidemiological Surveillance of the High Specialty Medical Unit in Yucatan (UIMY)

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Private laboratories –

ABC Medical Center, Observatory Campus -Hospital Ángeles Interlomas -Olartey Akle, Bacteriólogos, SA de CV – Lister Laboratories , (Lister Laboratorios de Reference, SA de CV) – Merida Biomedical Laboratories (Biomédicos de Yucatán SA de CV) -LABIOMOLA, SA de CV -Hospital Español of Mexico City. -Médica Sur, SAB de CV -Group Diagnostic Aries -Laboratorio CARPERMOR, (Grupo Diagnostico Médico PROA, SA de CV) -ORTHIN Reference Especializada, SA de CV  -Unit of Clinical Pathology – Laboratorios Clínicos de Puebla SA de CV (Clínica Ruíz)

Unit of Clinical Pathology – Laboratorios Clínicos de Puebla SA de CV (Clínica Ruíz)

Academic laboratories –

Research Center in Health Sciences and Biomedicine (CICSaB), Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí –

Department of Genetics and Molecular Physiology of the Institute of Biotechnology (IBT) of the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

-Unit of Development and Research in Bioprocesses of the National School of Biological Sciences (UDIBI-ENCB) INSTITTUTO POLITECNICO NACIONAL (IPN). -Biosecurity Laboratory for the Diagnosis and Research of Emerging Diseases (LBS2), CINVESTAV, CDMX. –

Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology. Institute of Cellular Physiology, UNAM, Ciudad Universitaria CDMX -Laboratory of Virology, Institute of Biomedical Research, UNAM, Ciudad Universitaria CDMX

Public hospitals –

Hospital Infantil de México. “Federico Gómez” -PEMEX

Guidelines for conducting a coronavirus test

This guideline establishes that to carry out a COVID-19 test, the person must be considered as a “suspicious case “, which is defined as:

Person of any age who presents with mild or severe acute respiratory disease and who has any of the following antecedents spends 14 days from the onset of symptoms: -Have been in contact with a confirmed case or under investigation at COVID-19, or -Travel or stay in countries with local community transmission of COVID-19.

The possible suspicious case must be determined by a first-contact doctor, who will question the person presenting the symptoms and, if necessary, prescribe the test. This should indicate to the patient the precautionary measures to be taken until the results are obtained.


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