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IHU: France’s Scientists Are Concerned About a New Covid Version With 46 Mutations.


A new strain of covid has been discovered in France that has 46 mutations, while the rest of the world is preoccupied with the extremely contagious “variant of concern,” Omicron.

The novel B.1.640.2 variety, dubbed IHU, has so far infected 12 persons in southeastern France. It has been reported that the first case has been traced to a person who had previously traveled to Cameroon.

These “46 mutations” have not been detected in other nations, nor has it been designated as a variant under research by the World Health Organization.

IHU: France's Scientists Are Concerned About a New Covid Version With 46 Mutations.

Next-generation sequencing was used to obtain the genomes. After a three-day trip to Cameroon, the “index-case” tested positive for the covid test, according to the paper’s authors.

“An atypical combination of L452R-negativity, E484K-positivity, and E484Q-negativity… that did not correspond to the pattern of the Delta variant involved in almost all SARS-CoV-2 infections at that time” was discovered by qPCR, which was systematically performed in France in cases of SARS-CoV-2 positivity, according to the paper.

Researchers say the appearance of this new SARS-CoV-2 variation highlights the significance of “genomic surveillance,” and that their findings indicate “the unpredictable development of new SARS-CoV-2 variants” once again.

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On Twitter, Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and a fellow at the Federation of American Scientists stated: “There are scores of new variants identified all the time, but that does not always indicate they will be more hazardous. The more changes a variant has in comparison to the original virus, the more well-known and dangerous it becomes.

A “variant of concern” like Omicron emerges at this point because it is more infectious and evades immunity better. As for the new variety, “It’s still up in the air,” he said.

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