Omicron Bloodlines Variant Detected in Peru

The National Institute of Health reported that the omicron bloodlines variant of the Coronavirus, XBB.1.16, XBB.1.9.1, XBB.1.9.2, and XBB.2.3 were detected between April and May of this year in the national territory, according to official information from the Ministry of Health. Therefore, it is recommended to take preventive measures such as completing the vaccination scheme to be protected against this disease.

No Evidence of More Severe Illnesses

However, according to the Minsa, there is no evidence that these lineages produce more severe illnesses in relation to other variants of COVID-19 or other lineages of the same omicron, but they are just as contagious and resistant as the other variants that predominate throughout the world. As recalled, the WHO considers the aforementioned variant to be of global interest, according to Andina.

Vaccination is essential to prevent severe symptoms.  Photo: AFP

Vaccination is essential to prevent severe symptoms. Photo: AFP

Not a Cause for Alarm or Panic

The cases of those infected with the lineages found have already been identified, according to the Minsa, and do not represent a greater risk due to the immunization generated by the vaccine, so it should not be a cause for alarm or panic. The INS is monitoring week by week those who possess those lineages.

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According to official information, the lineages that were found in Peru have been expanding throughout the world, so it is not an exclusive situation in Peru. It is recommended to keep spaces ventilated and use a mask if symptoms of respiratory diseases occur.

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