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Health detects four cases of the new ortho subvariant in Gran Canaria

Employees in the microbiology laboratory of Dr. Negrin preparing samples for Sars-Cov-2. , COBER

Three people have overcome infection by the CH.1.1 subline and one more is in the ICU. No Kraken infections have been identified yet

Carmen Delia Aranda

The subvariant of Omicron CH.1.1, known as Ortro, has already landed in the Canary Islands Where, strangely, the XBB.1.5 sublineage, called Kraken, has yet to be detected.

A genomic surveillance system for COVID-19 in the Canary Islands has been identified in Gran Canaria
four cases The Sars-Cov-2 that conforms to this variant is nicknamed Ortho in reference to a mythical dog with two heads.

Among people between 50 and 60 years of age infected with CH1.1 and correctly vaccinated, three have overcome Covid without severityWhereas
The fourth is admitted to the critical care unit From one of the Gran Canaria hospitals, he is over 65 years old, suffered from a previous pathology and had not received any dose of the Covid-19 vaccines, according to health sources.

In Spain, this sublineage was detected for the first time in samples analyzed between 28 November and 4 December. However, in the Canaries
ortho subvariant came out mid decemberDetection of first case in the week of 19th to 25th December.

The next two were identified between December 26 and January 1, and the fourth case during the first week of 2023, the last period for which data are available from the Genomic Surveillance System of the Health Alerts and Emergencies Coordination Center, which released its latest report Monday. .

more contagious

Despite the fierceness of its name, the new Covid variant has not been shown to be very serious Compared to other Omicron sublineages, however, it is suspected that it may be more transmissible.

CH.1.1 Symptoms of infection are
fever, muscle pain, headache, malaise, and hoarsenessAlmost the same as any constipation.

From a genetic point of view, ortho presents a mutation called P681R, also present in the delta variant, which allows it to bind cells more efficiently, so it is expected that
May become the dominant subvariant.

In the case of the United Kingdom, where it was first detected in November, Ortho has spread and is already present in one in five infections (23.3%).

Experts recommend that given the presence of new coronavirus subvariants and the persistence of the pandemic
Vaccination for those who already have a pathology or whose immune system is weakenedWho are those who can be victims of severe Covid.

In any case, they maintain that with current levels of vaccination coverage and immunity acquired naturally by infection, it is
There is a very small chance that a subvariant of Omicron represents a risk. for the population.


Canary Islands, Spain, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, United Kingdom, COVID-19, coronavirus, delta (CoronaVirus SARS-CoV-2 variant), disease, vaccines, pneumonia, Omicron (CoronaVirus SARS-CoV-2 variant)

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