First case of “Brazilian” strain of coronavirus detected in the USA

First case of “Brazilian” strain of coronavirus detected in the USA

Laboratory tests by the Minnesota Department of Health have confirmed the first known case of COVID-19 in the United States, associated with a more contagious variant of the coronavirus that was originally identified in Brazil.

A variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as Brazil P.1 was detected in a sample taken from a Minnesota resident who recently visited Brazil, the department said in a press release.

While the “Brazilian” variant is believed to be more infectious than the original strain of the virus that causes COVID-19, it is not known if it leads to more severe disease.

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