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Mouse With Covid Sparks Taiwan Lab Alert After Biting Scientist

  • Staff at high-security lab in Taipei tests positive for virus
  • Case is Taiwan’s first domestic infection in more than a month
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A mouse bite is at the center of an investigation into a possible new Covid-19 outbreak in Taiwan, after a worker at a high-security laboratory was confirmed as the island’s first local case in more than a month. 

The lab worker, a woman in her 20s, tested positive for Covid this week after coming into contact with the virus during her work at Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s top research institute, in mid-November, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said at a quickly organized briefing Thursday evening. She had not traveled abroad recently and had received two doses of Moderna Inc.’s vaccine.