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Dr. Nadav Sorek, Director of the Laboratory of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Assuta State Hospital Ashdod, warned of the imminent emergence of a new strain of coronavirus in Israel.
The doctor explains: “The question is not if, but when. The new corona strain XBB.1.5, which is now spreading in the US, will also reach Israel.
According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a new version of Omicron has appeared in the US. A sub-variant of Omicron, called XBB.1.5, has raised concerns about a potential new wave of covid cases after a busy holiday travel season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forecast on Friday, December 30, that about 40% of confirmed cases of covid in the United States are caused by the XBB.1.5 strain, up from 20% a week ago. In the northeast, about 75% of confirmed cases are due to the XBB.1.5 strain.
It is not yet clear where this version of Omicron came from, but it appears to be spreading rapidly.
< br />Scientists fear that XBB.1.5 is even better at bypassing the antibodies we have developed through Covid vaccines and previous exposure from the many different types of Omicron that have proliferated since last December, including the original BA.1 and later sub-variants of BQ.1.1 and BQ .1.
XBB.1.5 is a relative of the Omicron variant XBB, which is a recombinant of Omicron subvariants BA.2.10.1 and BA.2.75.
Combined, XBB and XBB.1.5 account for 44% of cases in the US, crowding out other Omicron variants.
By According to the World Health Organization, XBB has been found in at least 70 countries, and in October it caused outbreaks in parts of Asia, including India and Singapore.
Laboratory studies have shown that XBB is capable evade antibodies from previous Covid infections or vaccinations, meaning that when exposed to the virus, you are more likely to get sick or re-infected and show symptoms.
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