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New COVID-19 Variant BA.2.86 Detected in Ohio

Currently, there's no evidence this variant is causing any more severe illness

One case of the new COVID-19 variant, BA.2.86, has been confirmed in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Health Director Bruce Vanderhoff. 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the new variant to be particularly notable because it contains several mutations that make it distinct from other lineages currently circulating. The confirmed case in Ohio was detected in Lorain County.

There have been at least 23 other human cases caused by the BA.2.86 variant. Two of those other cases were detected in the United States, one in Michigan and the other in Virginia. Canada had one case, Denmark (10), Israel (1), Portugal (2), the United Kingdom (1), Sweden (4) and South Africa (2).

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