Suspected carrier of new British strain dies in NL

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The first possible carrier in Nuevo León, of the variant of coronavirus found in England, died on December 24 at the hospital in Pemex Of the entity.

This was reported at a press conference by the Secretary of Health of Nuevo León, Manuel de la O Cavazos, adding that the patient was 60 years old and also had comorbidities that made his condition difficult due to the virus.

According to the authorities, the patient had a history of diabetes mellitus, hypertension and obesity.

It was on December 9 when the victim began to present Covid-19 symptomssuch as fever, headache, joint pain and throat pain.

After the discomfort, that same day the affected person went with his wife to both have the PCR test at the Terminal Health center.

After the test, the patient was treated in a hospital in Pemex, where his condition worsened, which led him to lose his life in the same place on December 24.

The Secretary of Health affirmed that relatives of the affected person were also infected; They are his 39-year-old daughter, 33-year-old son, wife and 33-year-old daughter-in-law, who are already under epidemiological surveillance. So far it has been clarified that the wife is in good health.

On the other hand, after the new British strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was unveiled, it was ordered to investigate the cases with the highest viral load in the state, according to the owner.

Although it was detected that the patient’s case is 96.3 percent similar to that of the British genome, in a couple of days the official result will be confirmed, for which the test was sent to the National Institute for Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE).

“The case of the new strain, this variant B117, is a strain from the United Kingdom, it was sent yesterday to InDRE and is being evaluated to see if it is really that strain or not,” said de la O Cavazos .

It transpires that the new British strain is 70% more contagious than the original because it replicates in the throat, according to studies by the University of Birmingham and the government agency Public Health of England.

It should be noted that last Sunday the first case of this new strain was confirmed in Mexico, from an international traveler who arrived in the state of Tamaulipas, on a flight from Mexico City.

However, the 60-year-old recently deceased in Nuevo León had no travel history, so it could be a community transmission.


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