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    Alaska announces four more cases of more-contagious coronavirus strain first seen in Brazil

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    Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
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    March 10, 2021

    Health officials say they’ve discovered more Alaska cases of the P.1 variant of the coronavirus that’s devastated Brazil — suggesting that the mutant strain, which is likely more contagious and capable of reinfecting people previously sick with COVID-19, is getting a growing foothold in the state.

    State health officials announced the four new cases, two from Anchorage and two from Eagle River, during a public information session Wednesday.

    They’d previously detected just one case of the P.1 variant. But they said last month that more were likely given that the person found to have the strain had not recently traveled outside the state and did not have a clear source of infection, making it a case of community spread.

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    https://www.alaskapublic.org/2021/03...een-in-brazil/

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