The coronavirus has mutated again, the latest variant is known as MU.
This variant has already been detected in Jamaica, with the Ministry of Health confirming the presence of the Mu variant late Thursday (September 9).
Here is everything you need to know about the MU variant:
- The Mu variant was first identified in Columbia in January 2021.
- It is also known as lineage B.1.621 or VUI-21JUL-1.
- On August 30 it was labelled as a “variant of interest” by the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Mu is the fifth variant of interest to be monitored by the WHO since April 2021.
- On August 6 Reuters reported that seven vaccinated elderly residents in Belgium died after contracting the Mu variant.
- The U.S. Virgin Islands confirmed the presence of the new Mu variant in the country on September 7.
- According to National Geographic, current evidence shows that the Mu variant is “more transmissible” than the original coronavirus strain.
- Studies show that Mu was the most vaccine-resistant of all currently recognized variants.
- Jamaica confirmed 26 cases of the Mu variant from samples sent to the CDC (Atlanta) in August 2021.
- The mu variant has been found in almost every state in the US.