The Secretary of Health of Nuevo León, Manuel de la O Cavazos, reported that the patient supposedly infected by the variant of coronavirus found in England died in the Pemex hospital of the entity.
According to data from the authorities, the 60-year-old person and his wife were tested for COVID-19 on December 9 at the Terminal Health Center in Nuevo León.
The deceased, had a history of diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. He began to present symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, headache, joint and throat pain, after which he was admitted to the Pemex hospital in Nuevo León, however, his condition worsened and he lost his life on December 24 .
De la O Cavazos noted that when the new British strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was unveiled, he ordered that cases with the highest viral load will be investigated that were registered in the entity.
The case of the adult patient is similar to that of the British genome. The sample was sent on Monday to the National Institute for Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (Internal), and in a couple of days the official result will be confirmed by the federal authority.
“A 96.3 percent genome similarity to the UK strain was detected and the wife’s case is analyzed as well. She is well“, said.
In addition, his 39-year-old daughter, 33-year-old son, wife and 33-year-old daughter-in-law are under epidemiological surveillance.
The local Ministry of Health recalled that according to some studies this new variant is more contagious, although not more lethal, However, given the increase in cases in the entity, it would make the care of patients complicated by the lack of hospital capacity.
According to a scientific study carried out by researchers from the University of Birmingham and the government body Public Health of England o Public Health England In English, the new British strain of coronavirus is a 70% more contagious than the original because it replicates in the throat.
The researchers analyzed a large number of swab samples taken from the nose and throat of potential COVID-19 patients that confirmed their positive with the diagnostic test and there they found the novelty: those who had the new variant, called B117, had high viral loads compared to those that showed to have the original strain.
It should be remembered that last Sunday the government of the state of Tamaulipas reported that the first case of the British strain of COVID-19 had been detected in an international traveler who arrived in the entity on a flight from Mexico City.
“A 56-year-old man who arrived in Matamoros, from Mexico City, being confirmed to COVID-19”Said the local Health Secretariat in a statement.
“The result was positive for the new variant of SARS-CoV-2, which appeared for the first time in mid-September in the United Kingdom and has become the predominant variant in that country,” they noted.
A day later, De la O Cavazos pointed out that a possible new case of the new British strain had been detected in Nuevo León, being this Tuesday when he announced the case corresponds to a deceased patient.
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