Nebraska Becomes 6th State to Report Omicron Infections

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Nebraska connected Friday became the sixth U.S. authorities to study astatine slightest 1 lawsuit of COVID-19 caused by the Omicron microorganism variant, with officials suspecting the variant was brought to a household from Nigeria.

Some of the patients successful the United States who contracted the variant were afloat vaccinated. Just 1 of the six cases identified successful Nebraska had gotten a vaccine, the Nebraska Public Health Solutions District said successful a statement.

Officials judge the variant was brought to the authorities by an idiosyncratic who traveled to Nigeria and returned connected Nov. 23.

That idiosyncratic began showing symptoms the pursuing time and soon tested positive.

The different 5 patients are believed to person been exposed done household interaction with the archetypal patient.

None of the radical who got the variant person required hospitalization truthful far, Nebraska officials said.

Omicron is simply a variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19.

Ten different cases caused by the variant person been reported successful America, crossed California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, and New York.

Half of them were identified successful New York. At slightest 1 of the patients, a 67-year-old pistillate who precocious traveled from South Africa, wherever scientists archetypal identified the variant, had received a vaccine. Details astir the others, including vaccination status, person not been made available.

The Minnesota lawsuit precocious traveled to New York City. The big antheral was vaccinated.

Epoch Times Photo People basal successful enactment astatine a vaccination presumption successful New York City connected Dec. 2, 2021. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)

The sole lawsuit successful Hawaii truthful acold was described arsenic an Oahu nonmigratory who had not received a vaccine but who did person earthy immunity, oregon a level of immunity from recovering from COVID-19.

Scientists successful South Africa said this week that aboriginal information indicates earthy immunity doesn’t clasp up arsenic good against Omicron.

It’s not wide yet whether the variant tin amended evade the extortion from vaccines. Protection against corruption against different variants from the shots drops importantly implicit time, triggering the wide propulsion for each adults, adjacent steadfast ones, to get boosters.

Sequencing identified an Omicron lawsuit successful a pistillate who precocious traveled to confederate Africa, Colorado wellness officials said Thursday. She was afloat vaccinated.

Cases of Omicron successful California person been recorded successful a vaccinated big successful San Francisco and a vaccinated big successful Los Angeles who had precocious returned from South Africa via London.

Scientists accidental the Omicron variant is worrying due to the fact that it appears to transmit much easy than earlier variants but experts are cautioning against overreacting, noting that there’s inactive small information connected the strain and thing that yet indicates it causes much terrible disease.

The Delta variant remains the ascendant variant successful the United States, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, caput of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday.

Zachary Stieber


Zachary Stieber covers U.S. quality and stories relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based successful Maryland.