California has reported on Friday the highest number of the latest COVID-19 variant Mu, which has spread to 49 states in America.
“The identification of variants like Mu, and the spreading of variants across the globe, highlights the need for LA County residents to continue to take measures to protect themselves and others,” LA Country Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said in a statement.
The U.S. Department of Public Health identified 384 Mu variant cases in California, 167 of those cases were found in Los Angeles County.
The states with the highest prevalence of Mu cases were Maine, Connecticut, and Florida, while the only state without any record of Mu variant was Nebraska.
The World Health Organization (WHO) classified the Mu variant as a Variant Of Interest (VOI) due to its mutations that make it more transmissible, harmful to humans, or its ability to evade vaccines or therapeutics and able to spread within communities.
Meanwhile, Federal health officials said they were aware of the Mu variant but remained focused on combatting the spread of the Delta variant in the United States.
“We are keeping a very close eye on it. It is here, but it isn’t even close to being dominant. As you know, the Delta is more than 99% dominant,” White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said.
The Mu variant was first identified in Colombia but has since been confirmed in at least 41 countries, four British territories, and a Caribbean island of the Netherlands, Newsweek reported.
There were no reports confirming the presence of the COVID-19 variant Mu in Africa or Australia so far.
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