Brazilian variant of COVID-19 found in Kansas

(Phil Anderson)
Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 6:28 PM CDT
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MISSION, Kan. (AP) - A particularly contagious variant of COVID-19 that is sweeping through Brazil has been detected for the first time in Kansas as health officials ramp up their response to the COVID-19 mutations.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s announcement Tuesday that the P.1 variant has been detected in Sedgwick County means the state now has all three of the most widely spread variants. The agency said it is investigating how the person became infected and whether others may have been exposed.

Earlier this month, the South African variant was identified for the first time in Kansas in someone from Finney County. Another variant first identified in the United Kingdom also has been found in several Kansas counties.

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