When it seemed that the coronavirus pandemic was under control, a new strain, micron, whose contagiousness far exceeds those that preceded it and is leaving record figures in transmission, including Argentina, where this Tuesday more than 80 thousand cases were registered. Now, researchers from the University of Aix-Marseille detected a new variant of Covid-19 which they called IHU.
IHU: after the micron variant, France detected the mutant strain Cameroon
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The strain in question has 46 mutations and 37 deletions, which will make it especially contagious. The investigation, which does not yet have peer review, but it was sent as a preprint to the scientific reservoir medRxiv. and shows the result of the analysis of 12 patients from the city of Forcalquier, about 100 kilometers from Marseille, in the South of France.
IHU: Why is Cameroon’s new COVID-19 variant called that?
The new variant identified by French researchers is derived from another whose first cases were detected in the Republic of the Congo last september.
The University Hospital Institute of Marseille, at the origin of this discovery, communicated the finding on December 9 on his Twitter account and announced that He had christened that variant with his own initials, IHU.
IHU: Cameroon, the key to B.1.640.2
Researchers from the French institution published at the end of last month a pre-study, still pending validation by their peers, on this “IHU variant”, call B.1.640.2 and of which still little is known considering the limited number of registered cases.
According to this center specialized in infectious diseases, created and directed by the doctor Didier Raoult, the first of those cases found by the scientists occurred in the town of Forcalquier, in the department of Alpes de Haute Provence.
A dozen are known to be associated with trips to Cameroon in the Marseille region.
IHU: what the WHO said about the new variant
This variant contains 46 mutations, that is, still more than micron, and it is one of the two derived from B.1.640 that had been located at the end of September in the Republic of the Congo. A peculiar element of the “IHU variant is that one of its mutations is associated with a possible increase in the transmission of the virus.
The The World Health Organization (WHO), however, minimized the threat of the variantConsidering that the original one – the one from Congo – has not become a great risk since it was first identified.
This variant contains 46 mutations, that is, still more than microns, and is one of two derivatives of B.1.640 that had been located at the end of September in the Republic of Congo.
“The variant has been on our radar and they will have a chance to move forward, but for now, nothing,” said Abdi Mahamud, the agency’s Covid expert.
The OMS monitors a number of variants Y, when it considers that one of them could represent a significant risk, it declares it “variant of concern”. The French variant, for now, is only under investigation.