Coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa detected in Southcentral Alaska – Anchorage Daily News

Alaska health officials have reported a Southcentral Alaska case of a coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa.

The case was first identified in March in the region that includes Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, according to a report from a consortium of state and university health officials dated Tuesday.

The report did not provide case details such as how the person got the virus or whether others may have been exposed, according to Alaska Public Media.

The person did not have a history of travel, Louisa Castrodale, an epidemiologist for the state, said during a public call on Wednesday.

Five new cases of a variant first identified in the United Kingdom also were cited in Tuesday’s report and were found in the Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and in Southeast Alaska last month. The report does not provide greater specificity on location. Two cases of that variant were disclosed previously.

The report included a new case of a variant first identified in Brazil in the Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna area, which it said was from February. So far, six cases of that variant have been identified in Alaska.

The report represents testing from a subset of samples and is not considered a comprehensive look at how variants are spreading, the outlet reported.

Daily News reporter Moran Krakow contributed.

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