The Florida Department of Health (DOH) announced Thursday night that the first case of the UK COVID-19 variant virus has been found in Marin County, Florida.
The Florida Department of Health made the report on Twitter Thursday night. The infected individual was identified as a male in his 20s with no history of travel.
The first reported US case of the COVID-19 variant was discovered in Colorado earlier this week.
According to Colorado health officials, the mutated virus was found in a man in his 20s, who is in isolation southeast of Denver in Elbert County and has no travel history.
According to WESH2, The Florida DOH is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the incident.
The UK variant of the COVID-19 virus has emerged with a large number of mutations and appears to spread more easily and quickly than other variants, the CDC said on its website.
"This variant was first detected in September 2020 and is now highly prevalent in London and southeast England," information on the CDC's website said. "It has since been detected in numerous countries around the world, including the United States and Canada."
Medical experts do not expect the UK variant of the virus to have a significant impact, if any, on the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Trevor Bedford, who studies the spread of COVID-19 at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle said the variant is still rare in the US, but the lack of travel history in the first case could indicate that the virus was seeded by travelers from Britain in November or December, said scientist
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