2nd COVID variant strain detected in Wisconsin

This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. Viruses are constantly mutating, with coronavirus variants circulating around the globe. Photo: AP/ NIAID-RML. This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. Viruses are constantly mutating, with coronavirus variants circulating around the globe.

Josh Skluzacek
Updated: March 05, 2021 07:26 PM
Created: March 05, 2021 05:10 PM

Friday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced it had identified a second variant strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

DHS said variant strain differs from the one identified in the state on Jan. 12. That variant strain was first detected in the United Kingdom.

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The newest strain was first discovered in South Africa.


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