Maharashtra has reported the first cases of Bic sub-lineage of Omicron. ProIQRA News

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A health official said these were mild subtypes of omecron and had no cause for concern. (File photo)

Mumbai: For the first time in Maharashtra, four cases of BA4 sub-lineage and three cases of BA5 sub-lineage of omekron type corona virus have been found, the state health department said on Saturday. A senior health official said these were mild side effects and there was no cause for concern.

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Omicron subunits were found in April in parts of the world, including South Africa. Cases were also reported in Tamil Nadu and Telangana in India last week.

The entire genome was compiled by the Institute of Science Education and Research, and its discovery was confirmed by the Indian Biological Data Center in Faridabad. A health department official said a maximum of seven patients, all from Pune Were found to be infected with the Omecron subgenus.

“Four patients have BA 4 variant infection while others have contracted BA 5. Of these, four are men and three are women. Four patients are over 50 years of age and two are between 20-40 and one patient. There is a nine year old child.

“All six adults have completed both doses of the vaccine while one has also taken a booster shot. The child has not been vaccinated. All of them had mild symptoms of COVID-19 and were successfully treated at home in isolation. Was gone, “the official said.

Samples were taken between May 4 and 18. Two of them had traveled to South Africa and Belgium, while three had traveled to Kerala and Karnataka. The other two patients had no recent travel history, he said.

Dr. Pradeep Ote, an epidemiologist and State Surveillance Officer, Integrated Disease Surveillance Program, said that BA 4 and BA 5 are sub-lineages of Omicron that are known to be self-moderating.

So, “there is nothing to worry about,” he said.

“However, it is highly contagious, which is one of the reasons for the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks.” is going.

“There is no evidence of infection in these Omicron subspecies, but state officials are keeping a close eye on the situation,” he said.

A BA4 on May 22. The case was found in Tamil Nadu while BA5 infection was reported in Telangana.

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