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Guatemala detects cases of the Omicron sublineage known as the “Hound of Hell” (and these are its characteristics)

The Ministry of Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) reported this Friday, November 18, that Identified the presence of two new subvariants of omicronIn Guatemala, of Covid-19.

There are 22 confirmed cases of the BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 sublineages.also known as “Hellhound” In other countries such as Mexico, due to its rapid transmission.

Both subvariants correspond to the BA.5 (Omicron) lineage, with the highest prevalence in this region, reported by Portfolio.

The November 17 report released by the National Health Laboratory has the details so far 13 confirmed cases of the BQ.1 subvariantWhich has been found in 64 countries.

Also confirmed to have BQ.1.1 Nine cases of sublineage between October 23 and November 12 of the current year; Six of them in the Department of Guatemala and three in Chimaltenango.

The portfolio also referenced four more discovered cases of other Omicron sub-variants.

From the 57 sequenced samples, the national laboratory concluded that the majority of patients affected by the new Omicron subvariant are females between the ages of 18 and 39, while males are between the ages of 40 and 65.

Health officials also recalled that the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that these sublines pose a high risk of reinfectionAs of yet, however, there is no epidemiological data to suggest that the disease may be more severe.

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symptoms include cough, sore throat, tiredness and general malaise,

According to cases of evidence, some patients may also present Diarrhea, Stuffy and runny nose, Headache, FeverOther well-known symptoms of infection, such as Feeling short of breath and loss of smell or taste.

The health portfolio has recommended that the population maintain biosecurity measures such as Use of masks, social distancing and hand washing with soap and water or gel or liquid alcohol.

remember the availability of vaccines

Similarly, the portfolio reminds the population about the availability of vaccines against COVID-19, for complete planning and reinforcement.

According to the latest 12 November update of Health Alert Traffic Light for COVID-19, 275 municipalities are still on Yellow alert and another 65 are on Orange due to the level of coronavirus infection.

So far No municipality has achieved Green Which shows that the community is free from disease.

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The latest report from the health board recorded 629 positive cases of coronavirus and two deaths.

Since the first case was reported in March 2020, the disease has infected 1.1 million and killed 19,936 people in Guatemala.

Why is he called the “Hound of Hell”?

The nickname for the new subvariant of the coronavirus originated on social networks and refers to Cerberus, a dog named “Hades” in Greek mythology, who had three to fifty heads.

“Hade”, according to the myth, was the one who guarded the gates of hell so that the dead could not come out and the living could not enter. From this context, their metaphorical relationship was interpreted to mean that the version is difficult to avoid due to its high degree of transmission among people.

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