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reinfected First case of Covid-19 reinfection identified in Ireland

The paper in the Irish Medical Journal said the symptoms were less severe the second time


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Irish medics have identified what they believe to be the first known case of Covid-19 reinfection in the country.

In a paper published in the Irish Medical Journal (IMJ), a team confirmed that the case involved a 40-year-old female healthcare worker who was first infected in April 2020.

She was diagnosed with Covid-19 for a second time in November 2020 but her symptoms were milder and recovery was faster than the first time.

The paper states that in April of last year, the subject presented with fever, headache, sore throat, shortness of breath and dysgeusia.

“While never hospitalised, she was unfit for work for four weeks due to significant headaches and persistent fatigue lasting four months,” it reads.

In November, the healthcare worker presented with cough, sore throat, headache, fatigue and myalgia again and was diagnosed with Covid-19 for the second time using whole genome sequencing.

A co-author of the paper, Dr Cillian de Gascun, director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory at University College Dublin, said that “to our knowledge, this is the first report of re-infection from Ireland.”

The case study, entitled ‘Genomic Evidence of SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection in Ireland,’ was reported by a team involving people at Beaumont Hospital, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory, and the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

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