Press release from the Institut Pasteur in Dakar on the OMICRON variant
As part of the genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2, the Institut Pasteur in Dakar identified its first two cases of infection with the #Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) in two travelers leaving Dakar, He This is the case of a 28-year-old man, having stayed in Scat Urbam, collected on November 23, 2021 and leaving for a country in the sub-region, as well as a 29-year-old woman who was in a hotel in the place, tested positive on December 01, 2021 whose destination was Southern Africa. Moreover, out of the 22 sequences obtained for the period, the delta variant remains in the majority 20/22.
Designated by the World Health Organization World Health Organization and Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) as a reference laboratory for the genomic surveillance of the COVID-19 virus, the Institut Pasteur in Dakar will also continue sequencing both at national and sub-regional level.
In a context of circulation of variants and the effects that this could entail for the management of the pandemic, we urge the populations to strictly respect the barrier measures.