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Last week saw rise in COVID-19 cases in Central Texas, leading to Austin Public Health raising Travis County's Community Level from low to medium, with the county identifying the XBB.1 strain of omicron. Now, another highly contagious omicron variant has been detected.

The subvariant XBB.1.5 — dubbed, the "Kraken," after the colossal sea monster of legend — has been detected in the Austin-Travis County area. Accounting for 27.6% of cases in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the XBB.1.5 omicron subvariant has the most amount of mutations that allow it to evade immunity than any variant yet identified.

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via: MySA.

Currently, the dominant variant nationwide is BQ.1.1. "The original omicron variant is gone now," says Dr. Rupp. "Currently subvariants of omicron are circulating, including BQ.1.1, BQ.1, BA.5, BF.7 and XBB.3 days ago

1 bivalent booster had a better immune response against COVID-19 Omicron subvariant BA. 1 compared with those who received the original (monovalent) booster.

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