BA.2 Omicron variant identified in south Alabama

A south Alabama resident has been infected with the BA.2 Omicron variant of COVID-19, according to a news release.

The person is Mobile County resident, according to the Mobile County Health Department. The person was traveling in the northeastern part of the US at the time of infection.

The person has since recovered after having mild symptoms from the subvariant, according to Dr. Rendi Murphree, an epidemiologist and the Director of MCHD’s Bureau of Disease Surveillance and Control.

More on BA.2 Omicron:

  • Highly contagious BA.2 omicron subvariant: Are your symptoms COVID or spring allergies?
  • BA.2 omicron variant: 2 new COVID symptoms reported

The new variant makes up more than half of all new cases in the northeastern part of the United States. Widespread, person-to-person transmission of the variant may be weeks away, according to Mobile County Health Officer Dr. Kevin P. Michaels.

Experts say the symptoms of the BA.2 subvariant of omicron look a lot like spring allergies.

According to the release, current vaccines and testing work for the Omicron BA.2 variant.

More information about vaccines and testing from the Mobile County Health Department can be found at www.MCHDcares.com or by calling 251-410-6243.

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