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posted on 05.05.2020 by John-Sebastian Eden, Rebecca J Rockett, Ian Carter, Hossinur Rahman, Jeop de Ligt, James Hadfield, Matthew Storey, Xiaoyun Ren, Rachel Tulloch, Kerri Basile, Jessica Wells, Roy Byun, Nicky Gilroy, Matthew V. O’Sullivan, Vitali Sintchenko, Sharon Chen, Susan Maddocks, Tania C. Sorrell, Edward C. Holmes, Dominic E. Dwyer, Jen Kok
The SARS-CoV-2 epidemic has rapidly spread outside China with major outbreaks occurring in Italy, South Korea, and Iran. Phylogenetic analyses of whole-genome sequencing data identified a distinct SARS-CoV-2 clade linked to travellers returning from Iran to Australia and New Zealand. This study highlights potential viral diversity driving the epidemic in Iran, and underscores the power of rapid genome sequencing and public data sharing to improve the detection and management of emerging infectious diseases.

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New South Wales Ministry of Health

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Emerging Infectious Diseases (GNT1102962)

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