Mu variant is contagious and can be resistant to vaccines, spreading to 49/50 US states

Since being discovered in Colombia in January 2021, the Mu variant has spread to nearly 40 countries around the world. Currently, this variant is recorded in 49 US states, with the exception of Nebraska which is the only state that has not yet detected cases of the Mu variant.

Health authorities say the Mu variant is even more infectious than the Delta variant and poses a risk of vaccine resistance. According to Newsweek, in the US, the Mu variant was discovered in 49 states and the capital Washington.

California is the state with the highest number of Mu variant infections with 384 cases, of which 167 cases were detected in Los Angeles County.

Artwork: Reuters
Artwork: Reuters

"The discovery of variants like Mu and the global spread of variants shows that Los Angeles County residents need to continue to take steps to protect themselves and others." , Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said in a statement.

"This means that vaccination and the implementation of layer-by-layer protection are extremely important. These are actions that break the chain of infection and limit the rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, which can be very important. can cause the virus to mutate into a new, more dangerous form."

On August 30, the World Health Organization called the Mu variant a variant of concern due to its ability to be more infectious than any other variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that health officials are "closely monitoring" the Mu variant, although "not all variants are being tracked". closely" became the dominant variant in the US.

The US recorded a peak in cases of the Mu variant in mid-July, but the number of cases related to this variant is declining, indicating that either the variant is weakening, or a worrying scenario is still ahead. .

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