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Researchers in Japan have claimed in a study that XBB.1.5, a subspecies of the Omicron form of Corona, is highly contagious. This subform has the potential to spread very quickly.
According to researchers, even after three years, the fear of corona virus remains. However, there are highly effective vaccines against it. Despite this, monitoring of genetic changes in its virus is very important. Through the study published in The Lancet Infection Diseases journal, a team led by Japanese researchers recently succeeded in characterizing the new XBB.1.5 subtype, which was first detected in October 2022.
The XBB.1.5 subform of Omicron can spread more rapidly than the previous form and has a higher potential to generate the next form, said Kei Sato, a professor at The Institute of Medical Science at the University of Tokyo, Japan. In such a situation, apprehension can be raised about the epidemic growth. For that we must carefully monitor the safety of public health.