A deadly new coronaviruses strain has been identified in Europe and researchers say it could spread quickly through people in Europe, potentially spreading to other parts of the continent.
The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that the new strain was identified in a virus lab in Germany, which is home to the world’s largest cluster of the coronovirus.
Researchers say the new virus is a subtype of the one that has already been detected in Germany and France, and it has the potential to spread across Europe as early as the end of the year.
The center’s Director Dr. Peter Piot, a senior virologist, says the new coronivirus is the most aggressive strain yet found in Europe.
The CDC has identified more than 30 new coronoviruses worldwide.
They’re known as coronaviral respiratory syndrome (CRRS) or coronavivirus respiratory syndrome.
They usually develop in close contact with the virus.