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The epidemiological surveillance of the state of Bahia confirmed, this Wednesday (17), the community transmission of variant B.1.1.7 of SARS-CoV-2, originally found in the state in the United Kingdom.
The result came after a genetic sequencing of a sample of a 62-year-old man living in Salvador with no history of foreign travel, nor contact with this profile. The sample’s genetic index was performed by FioCruz in Rio de Janeiro.
According to Murcia Sao Pedro, director of Epidemiological Surveillance, “Autochthonous or community transmission is so-called when surveillance teams are unable to map the infection chain, not knowing that the first patient responsible for the contamination of others. Who was it, ”he explains. Principal.
So far, Bahia has identified three other suspected cases of the United Kingdom version and confirmed the prevalence of the same strain of SARS-CoV-2 present in Manaus, which is P1 in 11 people, all originating in the Amazon There were areas.
The Central Public Health Laboratory of Bahia (Lacain-BA) will begin the sequencing of 300 new samples from the states of Bahia, Sergipe, Alagas, Piau, Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte.