NEAR SANTA CLARA, California (KRON) – Another disturbing variant of the coronavirus has been found here in the Gulf region – This time it is an emerging variant from India.
So far, there is one case believed to have occurred in Santa Clara County.
The discovery was made by researchers at Stanford Health Care.
Using a technique called Genomic Sequencing, the Stanford Clinical Virology Laboratory identified a case of the variant in India.
It is thought to have occurred in a patient in Santa Clara County, and the lab is now working to confirm seven more suspected cases, said lab director Dr. Benjamin Pinsky.
Dr Pinsky says they need to learn a lot about this latest option, which could be to blame for India̵
The variant is called a “double mutant” because there are two mutations that could make it all the more infectious.
In parts of India, where the double mutant variant is most common, new cases are increasing by 50%.
Other, more infectious strains of the virus from Brazil and South Africa have also been found in the Gulf region and may be somewhat resistant to vaccines, but you don’t need to panic.
The option with India is another reason to vaccinate as many people as possible, says Dr. Pinsky.