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Jan 4, 2022

Brace for the New, Extremely Contagious IHU Variant

The presence of the Omicron variant has still not been confirmed in Belize, only suspected. And already, there is another variant detected in France. So, as Belize braces for the news that it is Omicron that is causing the number of new infections to spike exponentially over the past three weeks, we may have to contend with yet another mutation of the COVID-19 virus. Dubbed the IHU (or the B 1 640 2) variant, twelve cases have been detected in France, specifically in the Marseilles (Mar-Say) region after a traveler returned there from Cameroon, Africa. Most of the patients have been hospitalized and preliminary reports are that IHU has forty-six mutations, which is more than the Omicron variant had. The symptoms specific to this new variant are now being studied.


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