! Murcia today – Huelva province on alert for Brazilian strain of Covid due to epidemic among sheep shearers
Andalusian and Spanish authorities have been informed of an outbreak in Extremadura among Uruguayan sheep shearers, which could spread to other areas.
The health authorities and the epidemiological surveillance system of Huelva are on alert following the detection in the neighboring region of Extremadura of a possible epidemic of the Brazilian strain of Covid.
The outbreak is affecting a group of shearers from Uruguay who have been in close contact with several other shear teams from Andalusia, Extremadura and Portugal.
At this time of year, teams of mowers travel to the regions of Portugal, Extremadura, Seville, Cordoba and the Sierra de Aracena and Andévalo de Huelva, traveling from one sheep farm to another for provide their services.
There are therefore fears that infected shearers have spread the virus to colleagues and citizens on public transport, farms and other places where they have worked and stayed.
So far, health authorities have said the outbreak is under control and have isolated several villages in Extremadura, where 23 cases have been confirmed. One hundred and thirty-seven people are in isolation due to close contact, and more cases cannot yet be ruled out.
In addition, although the outbreak is suspected to be of the Brazilian strain of the virus, it will not be confirmed until Wednesday or Thursday.
This variant is of particular concern as it not only appears to be more contagious than others, but also exhibits some resistance to vaccines and there are concerns that patients who have previously had coronavirus or even been vaccinated may not be immune to this variant. particular. , which is predominant in Brazil.
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