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New Omicron Sub-Variants KP.1 and KP.2 Detected in Nepal

May 24, 2024
Omicron Sub-Variants KP.1 and KP.2

Nepal’s National Public Health Laboratory identified new sub-variants of the Omicron coronavirus variant, KP.1 and KP.2. Gene sequencing of random samples from the past few months revealed these sub-variants in nearly 42% of the positive cases.

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KP.1 and KP.2 have previously been found in Singapore, America, and some African countries. Officials believe these sub-variants are spreading through the community, with KP.2 showing a higher prevalence based on current data.

Dr. Sher Bahadur Pun, from Shukraraj Tropical and Communicable Disease Hospital, suggests that KP.2 might be more transmissible than other variants. He points to a recent rise in infections in Europe potentially linked to KP.2.

The impact of KP.1 and KP.2 on disease severity remains unclear. While coronavirus mutations are natural, the extent of health risks associated with these sub-variants is still under investigation.

Preparedness for Potential Outbreaks

Dr. Pun emphasizes the importance of vigilance despite the current lack of a critical situation. The unpredictable nature of the virus and its ability to mutate require ongoing monitoring.

Experts haven’t observed significant changes in symptoms compared to previous variants. Common symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, and runny nose are still being reported.

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