Brazilian health authorities confirmed that two cases of COVID-19‚ a variant of the virus‚ have been identified in Brazil. The disease has been under observation since early March‚ when the World Health Organization first reported it in France. The Deltacron virus combines the genetic characteristics of Delta and Omicron strains. There are several possible causes for this infection. Experts are awaiting further evidence before deciding on a vaccine. The disease is highly contagious‚ causing death and disability in people infected. The virus is transmitted through contact with infected individuals. The only known vaccine to prevent the infection is the Deltacron vaccine. However‚ the Brazilian Ministry of Health has recommended that all patients be vaccinated against it‚ including those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The WHO has notified health officials in Brazil of the latest findings. The disease is caused by a mutant version of Deltacron coronavirus.
This virus combines the genes from the Omicron and Delta variants. This virus is widespread in Brazil and has caused at least two deaths. Although the disease has not been linked to human travel‚ the spread of the mutation has created an opportunity for the emergence of new diseases. The WHO says the Deltacron variant is a significant disease and is under close surveillance in the country.
Okay people let’s make this a teachable moment, there is no such thing as #Deltacron (Just like there is no such thing as #Flurona) #Omicron and #Delta did NOT form a super variant
This is likely sequencing artifact (lab contamination of Omicron fragments in a Delta specimen) https://t.co/DDvM24bt9g — Krutika Kuppalli, MD FIDSA (@KrutikaKuppalli) January 9, 2022
We had this discussion too, the data of the primary samples are very clean to me (I also shared raw reads for 2 samples on GISAID), but indeed having the isolate sequenced without amplicons is even better and opens to phenotypic characterization as @macroliter says! — EtienneSimon-Loriere (@SimonLoriereLab) March 9, 2022
Agreed, we've been keeping an eye on it and nothing indicates any cause for concern. If anything, it's interesting to study and learn from.
I pointed it out 3 weeks ago while mining GISAID, but there's only 20-30 isolates detected in total: https://t.co/44PehLjSc8 — Scott V. Nguyen, PhD (@DrSnOU) March 9, 2022