Houston, TX – A new variant of coronavirus has been discovered by scientists at Texas A&M University in the United States, media reported.
The variant, BV-1, was found in only one case: an individual with mild symptoms, the Texas A&M scientists reported.
The patient, a student living off-campus, tested positive for the first time on March 5. A second test conducted on March 25 was still positive, indicating that this variant could cause longer-lasting infections than other variants, the scientists said. The test carried out on April 9 was negative.
The student showed mild flu-like symptoms in the first few weeks. The symptoms did not completely disappear until April 2.
According to the scientists, BV-1 is related to the UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 and has “a potentially worrisome composition” indicating that it may not respond to antibodies.