Colorado health officials this week announced the state has identified its first cases of a worrisome coronavirus variant first identified in Brazil late last year.
The variant, which is scientifically referred to as P.1., was identified in two Boulder Counter residents, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), which noted that the Centers for Diease Control and Prevention (CDC) first notified state health officials of the P.1. cases.
“Prior travel history for both individuals is unknown at this time,” officials said, adding they now “investigating possible exposures and performing contact tracing to determine if the variant virus has spread to others.”
“Boulder County Public Health is working closely with CDPHE to provide local support if needed or requested,” they added.
The Brazilian variant was first identified in the US in late January. It is thought to have originated in Manaus, a northwestern city in the Amazon, where researchers say it was likely circulating in