Scientist Contracts COVID after Being Bitten By Lab Rat

A female lab worker from Taiwan tested positive for COVID-19 after being bitten by a lab rat while working at Academia Sinica Genomics Research Center.

Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung said that case No. 16,816 was a woman in her 20s, who was “exposed to the pathogen” in mid-November but had had not traveled abroad and was fully vaccinated with Moderna. 

The lab worker was identified to have been infected with the Delta variant but her condition remains unknown.

Another Taiwanese health official confirmed that she had been bitten by a laboratory mouse infected with COVID-19. however stated there was no evidence yet that her infection was caused by the incident.

The lab worker has already resigned from her post and left the center earlier this month. 

There were 94 individuals who came into contact with the lab worker who has been ordered to undergo quarantine but none have tested positive so far. 


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