[Source: Journal of Medical Virology, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]
GENOMIC CHARACTERISATION AND PHYLOGENETIC ANALYSIS OF SARS‐COV‐2 IN ITALY
Gianguglielmo Zehender, Alessia Lai, Annalisa Bergna, Luca Meroni, Agostino Riva, Claudia Balotta, Maciej Tarkowski, Arianna Gabrieli, Dario Bernacchia, Stefano Rusconi
First published: 29 March 2020 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/jmv.25794
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This report describes the isolation, molecular characterisation and phylogenetic analysis of the first three complete genomes of SARS‐CoV‐2 isolated from three patients involved in the first outbreak of COVID‐19 in Lombardy, Italy. Early molecular epidemiological tracing suggests that SARS‐CoV‐2 was present in Italy weeks before the first reported cases of infection.
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Keywords: SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; Italy.