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Brazil confirms first case of re-infection with coronavirus variant

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A employee disinfects on the Portela samba college headquarters earlier than a typical ‘feijoada’ occasion, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A Brazilian lady has turn into the primary particular person on this planet to be re-infected with a variant of the novel coronavirus referred to as E484K, state-run information company Agencia Brasil reported on Friday.

The case, found by researchers from the D’Or Institute for Analysis and Schooling in northeast Bahia, includes a 45-year-old lady who examined constructive for COVID-19 in Might and examined constructive once more in October with the mutation. In each instances, the affected person didn’t current critical signs.

Initially recognized in South Africa, the E484K mutation has been beforehand detected in Brazil, however that is the primary case of re-infection with it.

To verify re-infection, it’s essential to undertake an evaluation of the genome of the 2 viruses and evaluate the sequence of RNA, the “prime” molecule of DNA, to see if they’re the truth is two completely different strains.

Researchers on the D’Or Institute expressed concern over the invention, for the reason that mutation might entail alterations that may forestall the motion of antibodies from treating sufferers.

“The invention serves as an alert and reinforces the necessity to preserve pandemic management measures via social distancing, and the necessity to speed up the vaccination course of,” warned institute researcher Bruno Solano.

In Brazil, at the least 5 variants of COVID-19 have already been found.

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