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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s illness management authority mentioned on Saturday that contact with frozen meals packaging contaminated by dwelling new coronavirus may trigger an infection.

The conclusion got here because the Chinese language Heart for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) detected and remoted dwelling coronavirus on the outer packaging of frozen cod throughout efforts to hint the virus in an outbreak reported final week within the metropolis of Qingdao, the company mentioned on its web site.

The discovering, a world first, suggests it’s attainable for the virus to be conveyed over lengthy distances through frozen items, it mentioned.

Two dock staff in Qingdao who had been initially recognized as asymptomatic infections in September introduced the virus to a chest hospital throughout quarantine attributable to inadequate disinfection and safety, main to a different 12 infections linked to the hospital, authorities mentioned final week.

Nonetheless, the CDC’s newest assertion doesn’t present stable proof that the 2 staff in Qingdao caught the virus from the packaging straight, moderately than contracting the virus from someplace else after which contaminating the meals packaging they dealt with, mentioned Jin Dong-Yan, a virology professor on the College of Hong Kong.

The CDC mentioned no occasion had been discovered of any shopper contracting the virus by having contact with frozen meals and the danger of this occurring remained very low.

Nonetheless it suggested that staff who deal with, course of and promote frozen merchandise ought to keep away from direct pores and skin contact with merchandise that might presumably be polluted.

Workers shouldn’t contact their mouth or nostril earlier than taking off work clothes that might presumably be contaminated with out washing their fingers and may take exams recurrently, the company mentioned.

Previous to the CDC’s newest findings genetic traces of the virus had been present in some samples taken from frozen meals or meals packaging, however the quantity of virus was low and no dwelling virus was remoted, the company mentioned.

Solely dwelling virus can infect individuals, whereas samples containing lifeless virus may additionally take a look at constructive for virus traces, Jin mentioned.

(Reporting by Roxanne Liu and Tony Munroe; Modifying by David Holmes)

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