Virus variant from UK identified in Kansas – WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

HAYS, Kan. — A case of the brand new coronavirus pressure that unfold rapidly in the UK has been confirmed in Kansas.

The virus variant, which has been present in 33 U.S. states, was recognized in Kansas Wednesday afternoon.

A Kansas resident in Ellis County was discovered to have the UK variant referred to as B.1.1.7, in keeping with the Kansas Division of Well being and Surroundings.

A case investigation is being performed to find out how the individual grew to become contaminated with this explicit variant of COVID-19, in addition to if others might have been uncovered. No additional particulars are being launched regarding the affected person, together with demographics.

The variant was decided by the entire genome sequencingconducted by the laboratories at KDHE.

“This discovering doesn’t change our public well being suggestions,” KDHE Secretary Dr. Lee Norman mentioned. “We proceed to encourage individuals to take the suitable precautions: comply with isolation and quarantine suggestions, observe bodily distancing, sporting masks, good hygiene, staying dwelling if in poor health and getting the vaccine if you’ll be able to, as soon as the provision is ample.”

This variant was first reported in the USA on the finish of December 2020.

Proof from the UK signifies that this variant spreads way more rapidly by the inhabitants and, provided that truth, might quickly improve the variety of hospitalizations and deaths. KDHE says extra research are wanted to substantiate this discovering.

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