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First US COVID-19 Reinfection Identified in Nevada Patient, Researchers Say

The report comes several days after the first confirmed coronavirus reinfection in the world was identified in Hong Kong

A nurse holds COVID-19 swab tests at a clinic on May 5, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut. The state has completed more than one million tests as of August.
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Researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory have identified what appears to be the nation's first confirmed case of COVID-19 reinfection, NBC News reports.

The case is detailed in an online preprint, a study that has not yet been peer reviewed before officially being published.

The report describes a 25-year-old man who first tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-April. He recovered, but got sick again in late May. The second time around his illness was more severe and the genetic sequencing of the virus revealed that he had been infected with a slightly different strain, indicating a true reinfection, the case report said.

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Reinfection with the coronavirus appears to be rare. This is the first case reported among the nation's nearly 6 million cases so far. The report comes several days after the first confirmed coronavirus reinfection in the world was identified in Hong Kong.

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