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Missouri reports 1st presumed case of omicron virus variant

Dr. Manjul Shukla transfers Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at a mobile vaccination clinic in Worcester, Mass. As the U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant, doctors across the country are experiencing a more imminent crisis with a delta variant that is sending record numbers of people to the hospital in New England and the Midwest.

ST. LOUIS — Missouri health officials are reporting the state’s first presumed case of the omicron coronavirus variant in St. Louis. The St. Louis Health Department on Friday said it’s waiting for confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The St. Louis resident recently traveled within the U.S. Scientists are still learning about the new variant, including whether it is more contagious and whether it is resistant to vaccines.

Dr. Mati Hlatshwayo Davis, health care director for St. Louis, said the health department was notified of the case at noon Friday.

She could not release any other information about the patient but said there was no concern about the person’s current condition.


Associated Press

Associated Press

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