Four new cases of the Chinese coronavirus were diagnosed in England today and all were linked to one man who has now been dubbed a ‘super spreader’. The man, a middle-aged gas salesman who caught the infection while on a work trip to Singapore, is believed to have passed it on to at least 11 people. He had stayed at a chalet with friends in the French ski resort of Les Contamines- Montjoie and infections have since been diagnosed in both France and the UK. He may have been so contagious because his symptoms were so mild he didn’t notice them, because he was more socially active than normal or because he carried a higher amount of the virus in his body than is usual, scientists say. Super spreaders have existed throughout history, with Irish chef ‘Typhoid Mary’ one of the most famous, for passing on typhoid without ever becoming ill herself. And there are likely to be many more in China’s ongoing coronavirus outbreak, which has so far infected more than 40,000 people and killed 910. Mary Mallon, aka Typhoid Mary, is pictured (right) with a nurse at one of the hospitals in which she was kept. Ms Mallon… Read full this story
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