Woman infected with two Covid-19 variants highlights next risk


Woman infected with two Covid-19 variants highlights next risk

This case, and others before it, suggest co-infection might be more common than currently known, say experts

Suzi Ring

A 90-year-old woman died after becoming infected with two strains of Covid-19, revealing another risk in the fight against the disease, Belgian researchers found.

In the first peer-reviewed analysis of an infection with multiple strains, scientists found the woman had contracted the Alpha variant, which first surfaced in the UK, and the Beta strain, first found in SA. The infections probably came from separate people, according to a report published on Saturday and presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

The woman was admitted to a Belgian hospital in March after a number of falls and tested positive for Covid-19 the same day. She lived alone, receiving nursing care at home, and hadn’t been vaccinated. Her respiratory symptoms rapidly worsened and she died five days later. When her respiratory samples were tested for variants of concern, both strains were found in two tests. The researchers couldn’t say whether the co-infection played a role in her rapid deterioration...

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