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Ireland’s first case of COVID-19 reinfection confirmed in a healthcare worker

DUBLIN: The first case of COVID-19 reinfection has been confirmed in Ireland. The Irish Medical Journal (IMJ), which published the details of the case, said the first reinfection case was confirmed in a female healthcare worker.

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

According to the report, the 40-year-old contracted COVID-19 seven months after first falling ill with the disease last year. She was originally infected in April 2020. She was taken to the hospital as she was experiencing headaches, sore throats, and shortness of breath. “She was unfit for work for four weeks due to significant headaches and persistent fatigue lasting four months,” it states.

Seven months later, in November, she began experiencing coughs, sore throats, headaches, fatigue, and malaria again. The frontline worker again diagnosed with COVID-19, this time using whole genome sequencing.

The symptoms were milder and the recovery time was less the second time around. She took a two-week leave from work and isolated herself. She also experienced post-infection wheezing that is being controlled with a low-dose inhaler.

The study was conducted by a team of clinics at Beaumont Hospital, RCSI, UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory and the Health Protection Surveillance Center (HPSC).

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