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Italian virologists isolate Wuhan’s coronavirus in less than 48 hours

Rome / Virologists of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases “Lazzaro Spallanzani” of Rome have isolated the virus 2019-nCoV, known as the coronavirus of Wuham (China), in order to develop their treatment, they reported on Sunday in a note.

This result has been reached in less than 48 hours, after the positive diagnosis of the first two cases detected in Italy, two Chinese tourists who are admitted to that center.

According to Spallanzani, Italy is the first country in Europe to isolate the virus responsible for the infection, although the French Pasteur Institute announced this week that it had also isolated 2019-nCoV.

“This is a fundamental step that will allow us to refine the diagnostic methods. Having the new pathogen available in laboratories will facilitate the study of the mechanisms of the disease to develop treatments and a vaccine, ”explained the virologists

The partial sequence of the virus isolated in the Spallanzani laboratories, called 2019-nCoV / Italy-INMI1, has been deposited in the GenBank database, and will soon be available to the international scientific community,” the specialists added.

The news was also announced at a press conference by Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza, who said that these results “provide means to deal with this health emergency” and valued “the quality and efficiency of the Italian National Health Service.” (February 3, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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