AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas has reported its first known case of a person infected with the new variant of the coronavirus.

State and local health officials said the patient is a Houston-area man between the age of 30 and 40 who has no known travel history.

Harris County officials said the man was in stable condition and isolated.

Texas joins a handful of states to report the new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19.

State health officials say there is no evidence it causes more severe disease.

And they say current vaccines are expected to be effective.

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