The so-called Delta variant virus, or Delta virus, is an extremely rare variation of the influenza A virus. First identified in the United States in 2009, this disease is still poorly understood by researchers and physicians alike, though some information has been made available to the public to raise awareness of this relatively new infectious disease.
This virus has been reported in other countries as well, including France and Canada, with one confirmed case in Switzerland. Learn more about the symptoms of Delta variant symptoms and the disease itself here!
Delta variant – what it is?
Delta variant is a rare genetic disorder of metabolism that primarily affects thyroid hormone production. It can be caused by one or more mutations in genes involved in producing thyroid hormones. These genes are located on chromosome 1 (1q21.1) or chromosome 22 (22q11.2).
The disease leads to various degrees of hypothyroidism which may not be diagnosed until later in life when its symptoms are more severe.
If left untreated, it can lead to goitre, infertility issues and developmental problems for infants born to parents with delta variants. It is a recessive disease; people have two copies of most genes – one from each parent. Recessive genetic disorders occur when an individual inherits two abnormal copies of a gene, one from each parent.
When both parents carry an abnormal gene but do not display any signs or symptoms themselves, there is a 25% chance their child will inherit both abnormal genes and develop the disorder.
This can happen if both parents contribute only one copy of an affected gene and pass that copy onto their child during conception.
In such cases, each affected child will carry one abnormal gene (from his/her mother or father), but will also inherit a normal gene from his/her other parent – who carries just one copy of an unaffected gene but does not show any signs or symptoms himself/herself.
What are the different types of delta variants?
Delta variants can be a little tricky to diagnose because they’re so often misdiagnosed. The symptoms of a delta variant are similar to that of bipolar disorder in many ways: mood swings, depression, impulsive behaviour and sometimes substance abuse problems.
It is generally diagnosed by ruling out other conditions first; if your doctor finds no abnormal activity in your blood or EEG tests after six months, he or she may refer you to a psychologist for diagnosis. More than one-third of people who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder actually have delta variants instead.
If you’ve been diagnosed with BD but feel like something isn’t quite right, then it’s worth asking your doctor about possible alternatives.
How is the condition diagnosed?
There are currently no definitive tests for delta variant disease. At present, diagnosing patients with delivery is often a process of elimination. Though relatively rare (affecting fewer than one per cent of all children in any given year), an expert eye can spot telltale signs of delivery early on.
If your child is displaying symptoms similar to those common to other children with confirmed cases of Delmar, your physician may order tests to rule out more common conditions before making a diagnosis.
What can be done to treat delta variants?
Delta variants are rare versions of the ALDH2 gene that don’t create enough of an enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2). The ALDH2 enzyme normally helps your body break down alcohol before it enters your bloodstream.
If you have delta variant ALDH2, drinking any amount of alcohol could be dangerous because your body can’t get rid of it fast enough. Normally one to two drinks can increase blood pressure in people without an ALDH2 mutation. People with delta variants need to avoid all alcoholic beverages for their health. If they do drink, they risk severe illness or death from alcohol poisoning and other complications of heavy drinking like stroke or liver disease.
At most, their bodies can process only small amounts of alcohol—roughly equivalent to less than 1/4 cup (60 ml) of wine per hour. Even taking non-alcoholic medications with grapefruit juice can cause unpleasant side effects or dangerous interactions if you have a delta variant ALDH2 genotype.