More contagious variant of COVID-19 found to be widespread in Houston wastewater, city health officials say – KPRC Click2Houston

HOUSTON– The Houston Health Department revealed Monday the U.K. variation (B. 1.1.7) of the infection that triggers COVID-19 was found in most of the citys wastewater treatment plants.Wastewater samples collected on Feb. 22, spotted the U.K. variation at 31 of the citys 39 wastewater treatment plants.”The occurrence of the U.K. variation in our wastewater shows its actively spreading in our city,” stated Dr. David Persse, primary medical officer for the city of Houston.”AdThe Houston Health Department and Houston Water began evaluating the citys wastewater for the original strain of the infection in May 2020 to more quickly identify emerging break outs and pinpoint precise locations for interventions to break chains of transmission.People who have COVID-19 shed infection in their feces, regardless of signs, the Health Department said.Wastewater sample results for other extremely transmissible versions, including the South Africa, Brazil, and California variants, are pending.Nine cases of the U.K. version, one case of the South African version, 2 cases of the Brazil variation, and 11 cases of the California version are currently verified in Houston, according to the departments news release Monday.Copyright 2021 by KPRC Click2Houston – All rights scheduled.

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