South Carolina detects first US cases of South African Coronavirus variant

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South Carolina detects first US cases of South African Coronavirus variant

By Sola Ogundipe

Two cases of the highly contagious coronavirus variant first discovered in South Africa have been detected in the US.

A statement from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed the cases but said a travel history or a connection was yet to be established between the cases.

One case of the variant also known as B.1.351,  was confirmed to the department by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, while the other was identified by the state’s public health laboratory while testing samples over the past several days.

The CDC in a statement, signed by the health department’s interim public health director, Dr. Brannon Traxler said it was aware of the cases even as it affirmed that it had no evidence that infections by the variant cause more severe disease.

The agency said it would continue working with labs around the country to genetically sequence samples of the virus.

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Source: Vanguard Newspaper