More contagious variant of COVID-19 found to be widespread in Houston wastewater, city health officials say – KPRC Click2Houston

HOUSTON– The Houston Health Department revealed Monday the U.K. variation (B. 1.1.7) of the infection that causes COVID-19 was discovered in many of the citys wastewater treatment plants.Wastewater samples collected on Feb. 22, identified the U.K. version at 31 of the citys 39 wastewater treatment plants.”The occurrence of the U.K. variation in our wastewater reveals its actively spreading out in our city,” stated Dr. David Persse, chief medical officer for the city of Houston.”AdThe Houston Health Department and Houston Water began testing the citys wastewater for the original strain of the virus in May 2020 to more quickly determine emerging break outs and identify accurate areas for interventions to break chains of transmission.People who have COVID-19 shed infection in their feces, regardless of signs, the Health Department said.Wastewater sample results for other extremely transmissible variants, consisting of the South Africa, Brazil, and California variants, are pending.Nine cases of the U.K. variation, one case of the South African variant, 2 cases of the Brazil variant, and 11 cases of the California variant are currently confirmed in Houston, according to the departments news release Monday.Copyright 2021 by KPRC Click2Houston – All rights booked.