LONDON: A new strain of the intestinal 'Nauru' virus has moved from Australia to France, New Zealand, and Japan, surpassing all other breeds to become the most prevalent in the UK, health officials announced.
Officials have identified the strain under the name 'Sydney 2012' in scientific research published last week.
According to the UK Health Protection Agency, the genetic test has shown that this strain has caused far more cases in England and Wales than any other of the virus.
The incidence of the 'Nauru' virus rose more than expected during this winter in the UK and across Europe, Japan, and other parts of the world, it noted.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that the virus infects 21 million people annually, 700,000 cases require hospitalization, and almost 800 cases end in death.
Scientists have estimated that for every laboratory-confirmed case there are 288 unregistered, which means that the number of people living in the UK now stands at more than 2.1 million cases. (QNA)