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California’s first case of UK coronavirus variant confirmed in San Diego County


A 30-year-old #San #Diego resident tested positive for the highly contagious strain of coronavirus circulating in the UK – the first case of its kind to be confirmed in #California.

The variant, known as B.1.1.7, was detected in a sample from UC #San #Diego and later confirmed by #Scripps #Research microbiologist #Dr. #Kristian #Andersen using genetic sequencing at 3 am #Wednesday.

UC #San #Diego tests many samples from many locations in the county, so it is unclear if the person who tested positive is directly connected to the university.

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“#We are determining whether the variant came from a student or someone else,” said #Dr. #David #Brenner, vice chancellor for health sciences at UC #San #Diego.

#Although the new strain is not believed to cause more severe symptoms, it has shown signs of spreading more rapidly than other variants.

#Whether that will be the case in #San #Diego remains to be seen, but #Dr. #Anderson called on the community to act like it and commit to greater adherence to social distancing and wearing masks.

“#We must hope the same is true here in #San #Diego,” #Andersen said.

The infected person began experiencing symptoms on #December 27. #Another person who lived in the same residence has also started showing symptoms and is awaiting the results of a COVID test.

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