Colorado state health officials first confirmed in the United States on TuesdayFirst identified in the United Kingdom. The strain, which is considered more contagious, is associated with a surge in cases in the United Kingdom and has spread to several other countries around the world.
Colorado officials said the case was identified by a state public health institute in a man in his twenties who had “no travel history.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also been notified of the incident, according to state health officials.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aware of Colorado’s report on the first US case associated with the UK version of COVID-19,” CDC spokeswoman Belcy Gonzalez said in an email. ..
“In addition to the cases reported in Colorado, we anticipate additional cases that are likely to be detected in the coming days,” Gonzales said.
Public and private laboratories across the country are stepping up their sequencing efforts to search for a British variant named B.1.1.7. UK public health officials have warned that it appears to be more infectious than other strains of COVID-19.
Jill Hansakar Ryan, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said:
Public health laboratories routinely identify variants of the coronavirus in COVID-19 patients, but many mutations to the virus do not affect how the virus spreads or the underlying symptoms.
Colorado health officials said they were doing contact tracing for individual cases, but added that the individual was “currently quarantined” and “no close contact has been identified so far.” It was.
Trump administration on MondayNew requirements for travelers from the UK to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States
U.S. health officials repeatedly warn that variants are likelyHowever, the Public Health Institute has not yet identified the case. Unlike the United Kingdom, the United States sequences only a small proportion of COVID-19 cases, so variants here may escape detection.
When a report on a new UK variant came out earlier this month, the CDC said that only 51,000 of the 17 million COVID-19 cases in the United States were sequenced.
Preliminary results published by British researchers this week found that the COVID-19 mutant appeared to be more contagious, but less deadly. It also does not appear to lead to more hospitalizations or increase the likelihood of reinfection.
Both Pfizer and Moderna believe that the COVID-19 vaccine also provides protection against B.1.1.7 and state that they frequently tested shots against new viral variants.
First case of fast-moving UKCOVID-19 mutant found in Colorado
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