About the origin of the first two Sars-CoV-2 infections in Italy: inference not supported by appropriate sequence analysis

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Abstract

In the 5th February 2020 issue of Journal of Medical Virology a paper was published by Giovannetti et al., entitled "The first two cases of 2019-nCoV in Italy: where they come from?"1 . In this paper a phylogenetic and evolutionary analysis was applied to the virus identified in the first two subjects diagnosed in Italy with 2019-nCoV infection, recently renamed SARS-CoV-22 , two Chinese spouses arrived in Italy for tourism. The diagnosis was performed by the virology team under direction of Maria R. Capobianchi, at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (INMI) in Rome, Italy, where the patients are currently hospitalized. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Medical Virology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Apr 6 2020

Keywords

  • Coronavirus < Virus classification
  • Disease control
  • Statistical inference < Biostatistics & Bioinformatics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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