Another case of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection


  • Dawn O'Shea
  • Univadis Medical News
Der Zugang zum gesamten Inhalt dieser Seite ist nur Angehörigen medizinischer Fachkreise vorbehalten. Der Zugang zum gesamten Inhalt dieser Seite ist nur Angehörigen medizinischer Fachkreise vorbehalten.

Another case of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection has been reported, this time by clinicians in The Netherlands.

Reports of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection have been growing of late, with cases documented in various regions including Belgium, Ecuador, Hong Kong and the US.

In the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, a Dutch team present the case of an 89-year old Dutch woman, suffering from Waldenström’s macroglobulinaemia, treated with B-cell-depleting therapy.

She presented to the emergency department with fever and severe cough, with a lymphocyte count of 0.4x109/L.

An in-house SARS-CoV-2 RT-qPCR test on a nasopharyngeal swab was positive. She was discharged after five days and besides some persisting fatigue, her symptoms had completely subsided.

Two days after a new chemotherapy treatment, 59 days after the start of the first COVID-19 episode, the patient developed fever, cough, and dyspnoea. At admission, her oxygen saturation was 90% with a respiratory rate of 40/min. SARS-CoV-2 RT-qPCR testing was positive. She tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies on days 4 and 6. On day 8, the patient deteriorated. She died two weeks later.

The case shows we still have a lot to learn about SARS-CoV-2.