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First California case of UK coronavirus variant confirmed in San Diego County


A 30-year-old #San #Diego resident has tested positive for the highly contagious coronavirus strain circulating in the #United #Kingdom — the first such case to be confirmed in #California.

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

UC #San #Diego tests many samples from many locations across the county, so it’s 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 of health sciences at UC #San #Diego.

#Although the new strain is not thought 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 as if it is and commit to an even greater adherence to social distancing and mask wearing.

“We should expect that the same is going to be true here in #San #Diego,” #Andersen said.

The infected person started experiencing symptoms on #Dec. 27. #Another person who was living at the same residence has also begun to show symptoms and is awaiting the results of a COVID test.

#Check back later for updates.

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