Brazilian Coronavirus Variant Found in Minnesota


HealthDay News – The first known U.S. case of a more infectious Brazilian variant of the coronavirus was confirmed in a Minnesota person who recently traveled to Brazil.

The patient lives on Minneapolis-St. Paul Area and fell ill in the first week of January, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The person is being interviewed for more information about their illness, travel, and contacts, the Associated Press reported. There was no immediate indication that the variant was spreading in the state.

“We know that despite efforts to defeat COVID-19, like all viruses, the virus continues to evolve,” Minnesota health commissioner Jan Malcolm said in a statement. “This is another reason why we want to limit the transmission of COVID-19. The fewer people who get COVID-19, the fewer opportunities the virus has to develop. The good news is that we can slow the spread of this variant and all COVID-19 variants by using tried and tested prevention methods, wearing masks, maintaining social distance, staying at home if sick and getting tested if necessary. ”

Some researchers have raised concerns that people who are already infected with COVID-19 could be re-infected with the Brazilian variant. The Brazilian variant was first diagnosed in four travelers who were tested at an airport outside Tokyo. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it contains a number of mutations that can affect its ability to be recognized by antibodies in the immune system.

So far, three new variants of the coronavirus that cause COVID-19 have been identified. They have appeared in the UK, South Africa and Brazil, and scientists believe they are spreading more easily than the original virus, the AP reported.

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