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在华盛顿大学护理学院推出的训练委员会,培养其他UW学生和能够帮助Covid-19疫苗接种的学院。(Kiyomi Taguchi /华盛顿大学照片)

周二公共卫生官员宣布,在华盛顿的国王县检测到南非首次确定的Covid-19变体。

The variant, known as B.1.351, was found using genomic sequencing at the University of Washington Medicine Virology Laboratory. The sample was from a patient who tested positive for the virus Jan. 29.

No additional information about the patient, such as travel history and other means of exposure, was available, said health officials with the Washington State Department of Health, Public Heath – Seattle & King County, and the UW. The patient has not been reached through contact tracing efforts.

官员在华盛顿省共发现了39宗英国或B.1.1.7型号。在源自巴西的变体状态下没有已知病例。

“The finding underscores the importance of genomic surveillance by sequencing, which allows us to identify variants currently circulating in the population,” said Dr. Pavitra Roychoudhury, acting instructor with the UW’s Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, in a statement.

美国疾病控制和预防的中心报告称,南非变异似乎并未造成更严重的疾病,并且如果它比其他突变更容易蔓延。

State health officials said in a news release that while the strain “can reduce the effectiveness of some vaccines, vaccines still provide strong protection against severe illness and death.” They reminded people of the importance of continuing to wear masks and remain socially distanced.

As with the rest of the country, the rate of COVID infections continues declining in Washington state and King County, which includes Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond.

在华盛顿,接近13%的人口已接受初始剂量的Covid疫苗,并且超过5%完全接种疫苗。

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