The Daily Mail, citing French scientists, reported that a new type of coronavirus, called IHU, was discovered in December in Marseille, which is more vaccine-resistant and more contagious than the original version of the virus.
The novel coronavirus variant was diagnosed on December 10 in patients from Forcalquier At the Department of Alpes de Haute Provence at the Institute of Infectious Diseases of the Marseille University Hospital (IHU).
Forcalquier is a city located about 100 kilometers from Marseille. This variant, named IHU, has been deposited in the GISAID Scientific Exchange Network as B.1.640.2.
According to the scholarsThe strain has 46 mutations, making it more vaccine-resistant and more contagious than the original virus“But as the specialists confirm”There is little evidence that it is replacing the now prevalent Omikron variant, which accounts for more than 60 percent of cases in France“.
It has been revealed so far 12 cases of IHU virus infection near MarseilleThe first one concerns a trip to Cameroon.
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