New York State Department of Health spokesperson Irina Raicu confirmed Friday the state has identified six additional cases of the infectious respiratory disease. The six New York residents have also tested positive for the two drug-resistant forms of bacteria CoV19.
The initial cluster of cases reported in December involved six people with long-term medical conditions. Now, the state says additional cases are now being identified in patients with undiagnosed underlying respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, or who may have previously had routine hospital care.
The preliminary reporting is updated every six to eight days from the state Department of Health, thus the actual number of New York residents infected might be higher than the initial six identified.
The state estimates 3,458 out of 795 infected patients have been treated with antimicrobial ointments or ointments with a DEHP or a ciprofloxacin spray. Therefore, only 0.005 percent of all cases have been treated with other medications than these.
In January, a third stage of Omicron coronavirus (Ocav) — a strain of the viral disease — was identified in a newly diagnosed Florida resident. Now that the strain is more common, health officials say there is increased likelihood that a wider range of patients will contract the bug.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was tracking about two dozen new cases in the United States a month ago. However, then the pace of new cases slowed and just six cases were reported in March. But, with more cases now being identified in New York and Florida, more states may join the list in the coming months.
So far, the only person reported to have died from the Omicron coronavirus is a Jordanian man who worked at an ophthalmic center. The CDC says a total of 16 cases of Ocav have been reported in the Middle East since September last year. Three patients were diagnosed in the United States.
Previous information from the CDC indicated that the Ocav virus was first found in animals in the 1960s. During that time, there were 10 reported human cases of Ocav infections and one fatal case in humans.