Delta plus variant found in 8 states in the US.
A new form of the delta variant of COVID-19 has been found in eight US states, according to CBS News.
It has been called AY.4.2, but it is also known as “delta plus”. The variation has been found in laboratories in the following states:
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
District of Columbia health officials has also reported at least one case of AY.4.2.
The Ohio Department of Health confirmed to FOX 8 News that the delta plus variant has not been detected in our state at this time.
The new strain is being investigated by health officials in the UK who say they have seen a growing number of cases. A small fraction of COVID cases in the United States in recent weeks have been linked to delta plus, and US health officials are working to study it.
“We have teams constantly reviewing the genetic sequence data and looking for disruptions, an increase in a certain ratio, or just something that is completely new,” said Dr.
Summer Galloway, executive secretary of the government’s SARS-CoV-2 Interagency Group from the USA.
Delta plus does not cause more serious diseases and current vaccines are effective against it.
The delta plus variant is similar to the existing delta variant, except that it has a spike protein mutation called K417N. Peak proteins are external bumps that the virus uses to latch onto human cells. The delta plus mutation is the same one previously identified in the beta variant.
According to the Washington Post, some experts believe that delta plus could be even more contagious than the now dominant delta variant, but there is no general consensus on that conclusion at this time.