Los Angeles (Spacela) The first US case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in California.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Wednesday that the case was detected in a traveler who returned from South Africa on November 22.
The variant was discovered using genetic sequencing by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the person has been fully vaccinated and has had mild symptoms so far. All contacts of the patient have been negatively tested so far.
California Governor Gavin Newsom responded to the news on Twitter.
“Large-scale testing and early detection systems in CA have found an Omicron COVID-19 variant in California,” he wrote. We have to assume it’s in other countries as well. There is no reason to panic – but we must remain vigilant. This means getting vaccinated. Get a boost. Wear a mask indoors.”
The Omicron variant was first reported in South Africa last week. Although the Doesn’t know much About its transmissibility or seriousness, there is concern because it has a large number of mutations.
This has led the World Health Organization to classify it as “another species of concern”.
The White House has banned international travelers from eight countries in southern Africa, including South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. The ban does not apply to US citizens or permanent residents.
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