Dec. 29 (UPI) — Colorado well being officers on Tuesday confirmed the primary case of a brand new and doubtlessly extra infectious pressure of COVID-19 in the USA.

The brand new pressure, which seems to unfold sooner than different types of the virus, first was recognized earlier this month in Britain and South Africa.

Early analysis on the pressure signifies it is at the least partly accountable for a current spike in circumstances in each international locations.

“At present, we found Colorado’s first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the identical variant found in [Britain],” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis tweeted.

“The well being and security of Coloradans is our prime precedence and we are going to monitor this case, in addition to all COVID-19 indicators, very carefully.”

The contaminated particular person is in isolation in Elbert County, south of Denver, in keeping with Polis.

Well being officers stated the person, who’s in his 20s, has no historical past of journey to Britain or South Africa.

The brand new pressure has additionally been noticed in France, Spain and Sweden, in keeping with officers in these international locations.

Colorado well being officers stated they’ve notified the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, which stated earlier this month that the pressure already might be circulating throughout the nation resulting from journey.