The World Health Organization this week confirmed the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant dubbed “deltacron” – a hybrid strain that combines both the delta and omicron variants.
At a press conference Wednesday, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for COVID-19, said cases have been reported in Denmark, France and the Netherlands, but noted the levels of detection are “very low.”
Cases have been identified in at least 17 patients, according to Reuters.
Since many instances haven’t been confirmed, it’s too early to know how transmissible deltacron infections will be or if they will cause severe disease, Philippe Colson, a researcher who published a report regarding three cases in France, told Reuters.
The patients described in the aforementioned report were infected with a strain that combines the spike protein from an omicron variant with the “body” of delta variant.
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SOURCE: NBC Chicago