Officials: Evidence of UK virus strain found in Florida man

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MIAMI (AP) — Health officials say they’ve found evidence in a Florida man of the latest U.S. case of the new and apparently more contagious coronavirus strain first seen in England.

The Florida Health Department tweeted a statement late Thursday that the new virus strain was detected in a man in his 20s with no recent travel history.

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It comes after recent reports of confirmed cases elsewhere, in Colorado and California.

The cases have triggered questions about how the COVID-19 strain circulating in England arrived in the U.S., where experts say it probably already is spreading.

Florida officials say they’re investigating their case with the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control.