A new COVID delta variant has been found in eight states as health officials are monitoring the spread of the highly contagious virus.
The strain, named AY.4.2, has been identified by labs in California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Washington state as well as the District of Columbia, MassLive.com reported. Those eight states account for 11 total cases.
No cases have been reported in Alabama.
AY.4.2 has also been found in more than 11% of delta variant cases in the United Kingdom. It was first detected in the U.S. on Aug. 24.
The variant is believed to spread faster than the current delta variant but there is no evidence it causes more severe illness and it’s believed current vaccines remain effective against it.