Monday, 18 October 2021

First case of 'Mu' Variant was detected in Finland and 39 other countries

First case of 'Mu' Variant was detected in Finland and 39 other countries

The 'Mu' variant of coronavirus was first reported in Finland, allocated as a "variant of interest" by WHO last month.

As per a Finnish researcher's report, the 'Mu' variant of the coronavirus has now been detecting in Finland and 39 other countries.

The new variant does not produce any additional threats compared to the different variants of the virus causing the contagious disease.

The report quoted Turku University virology professor Ilkka Julkunen as saying.

"All variants that can evade protection conferred by a previous infection or vaccine-provided immunity are potentially worrying, or ones that we have to monitor,"

"That's the case with the 'Mu' variant as well."

First case of the Mu Variant was detected in Finland and 39 other countries 1pixabay image

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The Mu variant of the coronavirus was alerted by the WHO as being responsible for a growing number of Covid-19 cases in Colombia in South America and other countries. The variant, officially termed as B.1.621, "has been designated as a Variant of Interest as it has some mutations that need to be studied for their potential impact on the body's immune response."

The WHO selected it as a variant for cause due to several concerning mutations and assigned a Greek letter name. Mu carries key mutations, including E484K, N501Y, and D614G, linked with increased transmissibility and reduced immune protection.

According to the WHO's Bulletin published earlier this month, Mu has caused more significant outbreaks in South America and Europe. While the number of genetic sequences identified as Mu has fallen below 0.1% globally, Mu represents 39% of variants sequenced in Colombia and 13% in Ecuador, places where its prevalence has "consistently increased," WHO reported.

The global health agency said it monitors Mu for changes in South America, especially in areas where it is co-circulating with the Delta variant. Maria van Kerkhove, head of WHO's emerging diseases unit, said circulation of the variant is decreasing globally but needs to be observing closely. In a press briefing, White House chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci said US officials are watching it, but so far, Mu is not considered an immediate threat.

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