The professor. Ciccozzi: "Suspicious mutations but does not appear to be a new virus"

Il teacher. Massimo Ciccozzi, Head ofUnit of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of theUniversità Campus Bio-Medico di Roma e Fabio Scarpa, of the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Sassari, analyzed the mutations of the new variant of Sars Cov 2, called Pyrola (Ba.2.86) in a study published on Journal Medical Virology.

"Currently it does not raise particular concerns, but attention is needed, given its characteristics and the many mutations" - explains the prof. Ciccozzi - it was placed under the attention of the World Health Organization, because it had been found in different countries, without, however, that there was an epidemiological link, or a link with the movement of infected people. In every country where it has been isolated seems to stand on its own".

The symptoms of the Pirola variant

These are the typical symptoms of Covid-19 or high fever, cough, cold and loss of sense of taste or smell and at the moment there are no deaths related to Ba.2.86. "The potential impact of the Ba.2.86 mutations is not known at the moment, we are in the phase of careful evaluation", remarks the WHO, which reiterates its appeal to "better surveillance, sequencing and reporting of COVID-19 cases, as this virus continues to circulate and evolve".
As of August 23, 9 sequences of Ba.2.86 have been reported in 5 countries: 3 in Europe, 1 in Africa and 1 in the Americas, explains WHO in the updated epidemiological bulletin, which also reviews the main mutants of Sars-Cov- 2.

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