The primary confirmed case of the Covid-19 Omicron variant in america has been detected in an individual in California, the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned Wednesday.
“The person was a traveler who returned from South Africa on November 22, 2021,” the company mentioned.
“The person, who was absolutely vaccinated and had gentle signs which are enhancing, is self-quarantining and has been since testing constructive. All shut contacts have been contacted and have examined destructive.”
The case was detected by the California and San Francisco Departments of Public Well being and confirmed by the CDC.
The Omicron variant was first reported in South Africa and has been designated a variant of concern by the World Well being Group.
Scientists don’t but have onerous information, however primarily based on the variant’s sample of mutations, it’s anticipated to no less than partly evade the protecting motion of present vaccines, and could also be extra transmissible than Delta, the dominant world pressure.
The US is planning harder testing and quarantine necessities for worldwide vacationers arriving within the nation, together with taking a Covid-19 take a look at sooner or later previous to departure, the CDC mentioned Wednesday.
Obligatory testing on arrival and even a compulsory quarantine, whatever the take a look at consequence, are additionally prospects, The Washington Put up reported.
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