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First known Brazil P.1 variant COVID-19 case in US found in Minnesota

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says nation’s first known COVID-19 case associated with Brazil P.1 variant has been found in Minnesota.

According to a news release Monday afternoon, it was found through the MDH’s variant surveillance program.

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The patient is a Twin Cities metro area resident who got ill during the first week of January.

That person reported traveling to Brazil prior to becoming ill.

MDH says this variant is thought to be more transmissible than the initial strain of the virus, but it is not yet known whether the variant causes more severe illness.

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