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Researchers find Italian woman infected with Covid-19 in November 2019: media

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Italy Covid-19 toll rises above 4,000, Spain's crosses 1,000Rome, Jan 13 (IANS) Researchers from the University of Milan have recently found that a woman in the northern Italian city was infected with Covid-19 in November 2019, according to media reports.

Through two different techniques on skin tissue, the researchers identified in a biopsy of a 25-year-old woman the presence of RNA gene sequences of the SARS-CoV-2 virus dating back to November 2019, according to Italian regional daily newspaper L’Unione Sarda.

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“There are, in this pandemic, cases in which the only sign of COVID-19 infection is that of a skin pathology,” Raffaele Gianotti, who coordinated the research, was quoted by the newspaper as saying, Xinhua news agency reported.

“I wondered if we could find evidence of SARS-CoV-2 in the skin of patients with only skin diseases before the officially recognized epidemic phase began,” said Gianotti, adding “we found ‘the fingerprints’ of COVID-19 in the skin tissue.”

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Based on data in the world literature, this is “the oldest evidence of the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a human being,” said the report.

Source: IANS

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