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Nevada health lab reports 1st South African COVID-19 variant confirmed case

Posted at 11:24 AM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 17:32:03-05

NEVADA (KTNV)  — Nevada has its first confirmed case of the South African COVID-19 variant, according to the state public health lab.

The new strain was detected in a sample collected in Reno and traced back to a traveler from South Africa who became symptomatic after arriving in Nevada.

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Drugmaker Pfizer says the South African strain could reduce vaccine protection.

Currently, the CDC says 10 states have seen cases of the South African variant.