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It wasn’t just major cities on the coasts that caught the new coronavirus from international travelers.
Out here in the West, many of the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming and New Mexico were caused by strains of the coronavirus discovered in parts of Europe and Australia, according to scientists at the University of New Mexico.
The virus that caused one of the first COVID-19 cases in New Mexico was closely related to samples found in the Netherlands and Switzerland. And there were multiple instances of other early New Mexico cases that were closely related to virus strains from Iceland, France, Germany and even Australia, said Daryl Domman, an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UNM.