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‘Omicron’ variant: Fauci says US ‘learning more and more’ about Covid variant as other countries assess travel
It’s officially the most irritating of all allergies. The “Omicron” variant of the Streptomyces species can lead to a rash resembling skin irritation, along with rashes around the nose and inside the mouth.
Though most people who are exposed to it do not experience symptoms, for those who do, the sores develop up to one week before the condition causes a negative reaction. But the medical community still is not fully aware of how to treat the condition or how to prevent it.
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The symptoms can be quite severe and debilitating. The Fauci Center for International Health at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking more information about the condition to learn about treatment options, which could include modifying immunotherapy treatments and designing a vaccine that would prevent the condition from occurring.
This week, the US government will announce additional guidelines to limit travel to and from the Dominican Republic (DOM). This tropical island is home to the “Omicron” variant, though it is not the only location experiencing viral resistance to the medication Claritin.
The issue arose in August, when local health officials in Barahona, Venezuela said that one death and one injury from the condition had occurred, and warned travellers about the bug.
Viruses can evade treatment by multiple mechanisms. One is the fact that viruses replicate within human cells. Other mechanisms involve factors such as cell lines and population of any given virus. A number of drugs that are used to treat viral infections cause the white blood cells that they target to produce too much CD4 T-cells (a form of white blood cell), which may lead to infections of the lungs and the heart.
Viruses can also cause overactivation of the immune system to produce antibodies. This leads to long-term health issues for people who are taking antiviral drugs that are directed against the same pathogen. Antibodies that do not recognize the pathogen are passed along to the spinal cord, resulting in lifelong deafness or neurological damage.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the Dominican Republic, the disease is most common in the north and west of the country, where it can be found in mosquito bites. So far, however, it has not caused a single reported death.
In a 2014 review of medical literature on the vector-borne tropical diseases, the CDC gave the condition the tick-like name of “Streptomyces myxocytosus + Omicron”, a stylistic twist on the virus’ traditional name, Streptomyces mycotoxymporum myxodylus.
The illness did not make the news when someone in Florida died from mycoplasma fever – a less severe version of the Omicron variant. The coroner who ruled the death a bacterial infection found no infection-causing organisms in the body, but noted the strong response to the organism by the immune system, the CDC said.