February 4, 2023


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New variant of Covid-19: INS detects XBB.1.5 lineage in the country

The National Institute of Health (INS) Today, Sunday, through its genetic monitoring team, it identified its presence XBB.1.5 Of the omicron variant of Covid-19, in three cases living in Lima, they were stable, Ministry of Health (MINSA).

According to the system, invention XBB.1.5Known as KrakenThere may be more related cases and that indicates infections may increase in the coming weeks.

A variant with high infectivity

The INS He pointed out that it is hereditary XBB.1.5 It is a derivative of the omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. COVID-19, and it has been identified in 38 countries. Since October of last year, this represents 43% of the samples ordered in the United States.

With XBB.1, “this is the lineage with the greatest potential for transmission and immune evasion,” which is why it “can cause infection in people with a history of vaccination or previous infection.” However, the INS He said there were no data on increased mortality.

Considering this, the Minsa He reiterated the importance of wearing face masks indoors and completed the dose of vaccination COVID-19, including the use of reinforcements when appropriate.

What do you know about XBB.1.5?

According to the doctor Elmer’s Orchard, This is another branch of the Omicron variant, is globally dominant, following the earlier alpha, beta, gamma, and delta types. Omicron has outcompeted all previous versions of the coronavirus that emerged in late 2021, leading to several subtypes that are even more contagious than the original.

The XBB.1.5 subvariant is an evolution XBB, It was discovered in September 2022 in the United Kingdom. However, according to the BBC, so far it has not been classified as a “variation of concern” by health authorities because it has not been proven to have a high rate. Death.

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