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Covid-19: this intriguing variant that arouses concern in Brittany


DECRYPTION - Spotted at the Lannion hospital center three weeks ago, this new strain seems to escape detection by PCR carried out after a usual sample.

It is not yet a "worry variant", unlike the English (B.1.1.7), South African (B.1.351) or Brazilian (P.1) variants.

But a strain of Sars-CoV-2 carrying several new mutations has appeared in France and is part of the WHO “variant to watch” category.

This "Breton" variant was spotted at the Lannion hospital center (Côtes-d'Armor) three weeks ago.

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Its monitoring is likely to be complex, because it has escaped conventional PCR testing.

The Brest Telegram

revealed last week cases of patients with all the characteristics of a Covid-19 infection, but whose tests came back negative.

After preliminary studies, the Directorate General for Health (DGS) declared on March 15 that a cluster has been

"monitored for several weeks by the ARS

(regional health agency)

in Brittany with cases also detected in community




Travelers were also carriers of the variant;

lung scans and tests

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Source: lefigaro

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