By Tony Winterburn • 29 February 2020 • 13:29
As news comes in of yet more cases of the deadly disease in Spain there is still no news of the whereabouts of a so-called “super spreader”.
The total number of cases in Spain is now 50, while most of the infections could be explained by simple contact with another infected person there are some that cannot be easily explained.
A man in Brighton, who is thought to have infected at least seven other people with the coronavirus has earned the unfortunate title of a “super spreader”: someone who can spread the disease to a disproportionately large number of people.
Iran, South Korea and more importantly Italy are all frantically searching for this probably completely un-aware person or persons that have the virus but show no symptoms.
Scientists from Brazil and the United Kingdom have managed to sequence the coronavirus genome detected in a 61-year-old Brazilian in just 48 hours, the only case confirmed to date in the South American country. They discovered that the virus detected in the Brazilian patient, who is isolated at home and is in a stable condition, has a greater genetic similarity to the cases detected in Europe.
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