Prime News, Karnataka, Health, Disease, Bengaluru, August 12:- A person who returned from Dubai to Mangaluru in Karnataka four months ago and tested positive for the novel coronavirus, was found to have been infected with the Eta variant of the virus. The individual’s samples were sent for genome sequencing and the infection with the Eta variant was confirmed on August 5.
It should be noted though that this is not the first time a case of Eta variant of coronavirus has been detected in India, or even in Karnataka. The Eta variant was reportedly detected in two COVID-19 affected persons in Karnataka in April 2020, by the virology lab at NIMHANS, Bengaluru – which differs from the World Health Organisation’s record of when the first Eta cases were reported.
In July 2021, another case of Eta variant was confirmed from Mizoram after the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) in West Bengal’s Kalyani revealed the results from genome sequencing of 75 samples from the state.
Designated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a ‘variant of interest’ (VOI) since March 17 this year, the Eta variant or B.1.525 variant was first detected in December 2020 in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. A VOI is a variant “with specific genetic markers that have been associated with changes to receptor binding, reduced neutralization by antibodies generated against previous infection or vaccination, reduced efficacy of treatments, potential diagnostic impact, or predicted increase in transmissibility or disease severity,” according to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (MR, Inputs: Agencies).