EG.5 strain of COVID-19 has been increasing in Arizona

A new, fast-spreading strain of the COVID-19 virus that’s fueling new cases around the globe is in Arizona and expected to become more dominant here.

“EG.5 does not seem to pose a significant public health threat. However, we are monitoring it out of an abundance of caution,” Arizona State University virologist Efrem Lim wrote in an email.

EG.5, nicknamed “Eris,” comprised an estimated 17.3% of new U.S. COVID-19 cases as of the two-week period ending Aug. 5 and was the most prevalent strain in the country, tracking data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

COVID-19 indicators, including hospital admissionsemergency department visitstest positivity, and wastewater levels, are increasing nationally, according to the most recent CDC data.

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