New Omicron subvariant BA.2.75 detected in Canada – CTV

July 13, 2022

A new Omicron subvariant that is driving infections in India has been detected in Canada.

Known as BA.2.75, the coronavirus mutation has been found across India and in smaller numbers in at least 10 other countries, including Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Canada.

“As of July 6, it is estimated there are 5 detections of BA.2.75 in Canada based on the preliminary definition,” a Public Health Agency of Canada spokesperson told CTVNews.ca. “These numbers may change as the definition of this sub-lineage is clarified.”

While BA.2.75 is thought to be highly contagious and capable of dodging vaccines and immunity from previous infections, it is still unknown if it causes more serious disease than other variants.

“It’s still really early on for us to draw too many conclusions,” Matthew Binnicker, director of clinical virology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told the Associated Press. “But it does look like, especially in India, the rates of transmission are showing kind of that exponential increase.”

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/new-omicron-subvariant-ba-2-75-detected-in-canada-1.5984770

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