State and city health officials today announced Friday, Feb. 5, the first case in Illinois of the COVID-19 variant called P.1, which was first identified in travelers from Brazil during routine airport screening in Tokyo, Japan, in early January.
The case in Chicago was identified by the Pathogen Genomics research team at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine through sequencing analysis of a COVID-19 specimen. A follow-up investigation by CDPH found that a household contact of this individual had also recently been unwell with COVID-19, but neither this individual nor their . . .
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