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First US Covid­19 re­in­fec­tion recorded

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NEW YORK: The first con­firmed US case of coro­n­avirus re­in­fec­tion has been re­ported by re­searchers.

A 25­year­old man with no known im­mune dis­or­ders or un­der­ly­ing con­di­tions was in­fected with Covid­19 on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, ac­cord­ing to a study pub­lished in the Lancet In­fec­tious Dis­eases jour­nal.

It is the fifth con­fir­ma­tion of re­in­fec­tion world­wide, re­searchers said, with at least four other cases con­firmed in Bel­gium, the Nether­lands, Hong Kong and Ecuador.

Re­searchers from the Ne­vada State Pub­lic Health Lab­o­ra­tory and the Uni­ver­sity of Ne­vada said the man tested pos­i­tive for the virus in April this year and later tested neg­a­tive on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions.

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Covid­19 symp­toms in June, he was admitted to hos­pi­tal and tested pos­i­tive for a sec­ond time. Ge­netic se­quenc­ing of the virus showed he was in­fected by dif­fer­ent strains of Sars­CoV2, ac­cord­ing to re­searchers. — AAP

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