The Norwegian health unit discovered a new variant of Wuhan pneumonia strain (schematic diagram). Picture: Retrieved from PAHO/WHO
The Wuhan pneumonia epidemic continues to expand. More than 40.63 million people have been diagnosed globally. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health confirmed on the 19th that a new variant of Wuhan pneumonia strain was found in the central city of Trondheim, which has a stronger transmission capacity.
The scientific website Pledge Times reported that the Norwegian Institute of Public Health conducted preliminary analysis after receiving the virus sample on the 16th. Rostad, a senior physician in Trondheim, said that the strain has never appeared in Norway. After comparing international databases, Did not see the relevant records.
Rostad explained that this variant of Wuhan pneumonia virus has been found in 7 locations in Trondheim. Although the nature of the virus variant is not clear, it is more likely to be infected in Trondheim, even if it is not in close contact in a confined space. It may also be infected. According to Rostad, the Norwegian health agency determined that this mutated virus will spread faster. At present, this mutated strain is tentatively named “M439K”.
Europe is currently facing a second wave of epidemics, with more than 8,000 deaths in the last 7 days, and the emergence of variant strains, which also brings more uncertainty to the epidemic. A research report in Houston last month stated that multiple authoritative organizations conducted research on more than 5,000 Wuhan pneumonia strains and found that the virus mutated and accumulated randomly, meaning that every additional patient may produce a new virus. , And as the virus continues to mutate, the infectious power may become stronger.
The research published in the authoritative core medical journal “Lancet” even pointed out that the mutant strain will cause secondary infection, so patients who recover after the infection must also take protective measures to avoid infection.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health confirmed on the 19th that a new variant of Wuhan pneumonia strain was found in the central city of Trondheim
The strain has never appeared in Norway, and no relevant records have been seen after comparing with international databases
According to Rostad, the Norwegian health agency determined that this mutated virus will spread more quickly