Illinois and Chicago public health officials announced Friday the discovery of the first case in Illinois of the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.7, first identified in the United Kingdom. The case was identified by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine through sequencing analysis of a specimen from bio-banked samples of COVID-19 positive tests.
A follow-up case investigation found that the individual had travelled to the UK and the Middle East in the 14 days prior to the diagnosis. CDPH has worked to identify close contacts of the individual to reinforce . . .
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