A Minnesota woman who traveled to New York City for a convention of anime fans was diagnosed with the measles virus. The news comes amid an outbreak that has affected dozens of people in four states, including California and Michigan, according to health officials.
(WCCO) MINNEAPOLIS — The COVID-19 Omicron variation has been discovered for the first time in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. It’s the country’s second verified incidence of the variety.
MDH said on Thursday that the variation was discovered in a specimen from a Minnesota citizen who had visited New York City. The individual is a Hennepin County resident who has been immunized.
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From Nov. 19 to Nov. 21, the patient reported he flew to New York City to attend the Anime NYC 2021 event at the Javits Center. He began to have “moderate symptoms” the day after the incident and sought medical attention on Nov. 24. His symptoms have subsided since then.
On November 20, 2021, costumed individuals attend Anime NYC at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Anime NYC is a three-day anime event hosted in New York City every year. (photo courtesy of KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, came out on Thursday, asking everyone who attended the Anime convention to be tested. She claims that the state has a list of all attendance and that they may be contacted. In New York, there have been no verified instances as of yet.
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said at a news conference after the revelation that the Minnesotan who tested positive for the Omicron type had been vaccinated more than six months before and had had a booster dose in early November.
It has been suggested that he separate himself from people.
The recent result in Minnesota, according to Malcolm, emphasizes the necessity of restricting COVID-19’s spread.
“We still have a lot to learn about Omicron,” Malcolm said, “but the most important thing we can do right now is utilize the tools we have to make it as difficult as possible for this virus to propagate.” “We can restrict the transmission of this variety and all COVID-19 variants by utilizing tried-and-true preventative techniques including wearing masks, staying home when unwell, and getting tested when necessary, in addition to vaccine and boosters.”
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The variant case was discovered, according to state authorities, using the MDH’s variation monitoring program.
“Since the start of the pandemic, Minnesota’s nation-leading genome sequencing infrastructure and robust testing network have enabled the state to follow the COVID-19 virus and better understand its spread.” “Today, those instruments found an Omicron variant case in Minnesota,” Governor Tim Walz stated. “This is disturbing news, but it is not unexpected. We know that this virus is very contagious and spreads rapidly over the globe. Minnesotans now know how to protect one another: get the vaccination, get tested, wear a mask inside, and get a booster. We can defeat this virus and keep Minnesotans safe if we work together.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement on the verified case in Minnesota, stating that they are collaborating with the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services as well as the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky remarked, “CDC has been aggressively monitoring and planning for this variation.” “As we learn more, we will continue to engage closely with Minnesota’s Department of Health and other U.S. and international public health and industry partners.” Over the last nine months, the CDC has increased its capacity for genomic sequencing, and we now have more tools to combat the variant than we did at this time last year, including vaccines, boosters, and proven prevention strategies like masking in public places, frequent handwashing, and physical separation. These approaches work to stop COVID-19 from spreading, regardless of the genetic sequence.”
The announcement comes only one day after federal authorities verified the first case of the strain in the United States, which was discovered in California.
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“I want to be extra protected because I’m scared about everything going on,” Hamilton told CBSLA on Thursday.
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The Omicron variety, initially discovered in South Africa, is making its appearance during the hectic Christmas travel season. According to AAA, more than 53 million Americans traveled for Thanksgiving this year, up from 52 million the previous year.