Infectious Diseases Centre monitoring new ‘Eris’ strain of COVID-19

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AMMAN — The acting head of the National Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases Centre, Mohammed Al-Yahya, affirmed on Tuesday that they are continuously monitoring the epidemiological state of the "Eris" variant of COVID-19.اضافة اعلان

The epidemiology advisor at the center, Bassam Hijjawi, said that "Eris" is a new version of the Omicron variants and there are no indications that it poses a greater threat to citizens so far compared to previous variants of Omicron, Al-Mamlaka News reported.

Among the notable symptoms of "Eris" are nasal congestion, headaches, fatigue (mild to severe), thirst, and throat inflammation.

The center noted that scientific indicators and the limited number of cases so far suggest that the incubation period is less than five days, and is similar to the incubation period of the Omicron strain, which was characterized by its rapid spread compared to previous strains.

Eris has been added by the World Health Organization to the list of monitored coronavirus variants. This variant was first discovered in Asia before July 2023.

Regarding the epidemiological situation in Jordan, the center indicated that despite the suspension of most monitoring of COVID-19 cases, the monitoring system from selected centers indicated that after a hiatus of seven weeks of positive samples, the percentage of positive samples has risen, reaching four percent.

The center predicted an increase in positive samples in the near future based on probabilistic calculations relying on data from the ministry alongside global data.

A noticeable increase in hospital admissions due to "Eris" has been observed in the United Kingdom.

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