Toronto, Canada (CTV Network) -- Health officials are tracking a new Omicron subvariant, classified as the XE, a hybrid of two previously identified subvariants. These types of “recombinant” sub-lineages contain genetic material from two or more different viruses and are not new, but this particular one has garnered some attention due to evidence of community transmission.

Since South African scientists first identified Omicron more than four months ago, multiple subvariants have evolved, including BA.2 which is currently circulating in Canada and elsewhere around the world. Here is what we know so far about the XE subvariant:

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