Journal article

Isolation and rapid sharing of the 2019 novel coronavirus (SAR-CoV-2) from the first patient diagnosed with COVID-19 in Australia

Leon Caly, Julian Druce, Jason Roberts, Katherine Bond, Thomas Tran, Renata Kostecki, Yano Yoga, William Naughton, George Taiaroa, Torsten Seemann, Mark B Schultz, Benjamin P Howden, Tony M Korman, Sharon R Lewin, Deborah A Williamson, Mike G Catton



OBJECTIVES: To describe the first isolation and sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 in Australia and rapid sharing of the isolate. SETTING: SARS-CoV-2 was isolated from a 58-year-old man from Wuhan, China who arrived in Melbourne on 19 January 2020 and was admitted to the Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne from the emergency department on 24 January 2020 with fever, cough, and progressive dyspnoea. MAJOR OUTCOMES: Clinical course and laboratory features of the first reported case of COVID-19 (the illness caused by SARS-CoV-2) in Australia; isolation, whole genome sequencing, imaging, and rapid sharing of virus from the patient. RESULTS: A nasopharyngeal swab and sputum collected when the patient presente..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Sharon Lewin receives research support from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Sharon Lewin and Benjamin Howden are NHMRC Practitioner Fellows; Deborah Williamson holds an NHMRC Investigator grant. Sharon Lewin and Mike Catton are supported by the Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research in Infectious Diseases Emergencies (APPRISE), an NHMRC--funded Centre for Research E xcellence.