Experts fear community spread in J&K after the detection the cases in Jammu
By: Wani Parvaiz CK
After some cases of Omicron were detected in Jammu many experts and doctors are of the opinion that it is an indication that the infection has spread to the community level.
Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) in a statement has said that it is alarming to know the presence of Omicron variant in Jammu and Kashmir and could be an indication of possible community spread of the new variant.
According to Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) statement on Wednesday, “It is possible these cases could be an instance of community spread of Omicron,”.
The DAK President said the first three cases of Omicron variant of Covid-19 were reported yesterday from Talab Tillo and Bantalab areas of Jammu province.
“All the three cases have no history of foreign travel or exposure to any person infected with the variant,” he said.
“This gives us to understand that these cases might have contracted the infection from the community exposure,” Dr Hassan said.
He said these cases are significant as they mean that the infection might be spreading untraced in the community,” he said.
“This could indicate the beginning of community transmission,” said Dr Nisar.
He said community transmission means when a person contracts the virus from an unknown source. The individual picks up the infection without having travelled to countries where the virus is circulating or having been in contact with a confirmed case.
“A state of community transmission implies that the virus is in the community and it is possible for everyone in the community to catch the infection,” he added.
General Secretary DAK Dr Arshad Ali said there may be many more cases than just few that have been confirmed.
“To pick them up we need to expand genome sequencing. If we don’t expand genetic testing, how can we say there is no community spread,” he said.
Spokesperson DAK Dr Riyaz Ahmad Dagga said travel history alone should not be the deciding factor for sequencing the samples
“we need to shift our focus from a predominantly target testing to community testing as that would determine the actual burden of community transmission and would allow us to implement informed containment strategies,” he said
“Omicron variant is at Community transmission stage in Countries like UK, South Africa and US.
Cases have erupted in Karnataka, Delhi, and Maharashtra where source of infection has not been traced which raises fears of community spread in India too,” he added.