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The first known reinfection of a coronavirus survivor in the USA has been reported.
According to scientists, a 25-year-old man from Nevada has tested positive for the killer illness again having recovered from a mild bout in April.
The patient got sick again in late May, developing an even more serious case of the disease.
It comes just days after a man in Hong Kong became the worlds first reported patient to catch the sickness for a second time.
Many had hoped catching the illness would help the body develop an immunity to the virus.
But according to researchers in America, the 25-year-old is a clear example that reinfection is possible.
Dr Kristian Anderson, a professor of immunology at Scripps Research in LA Jolla, California, told Reuters news agency: “This study likely represents a clear example of reinfection. Reinfections are possible, which we already knew, because immunity is never 100%.
“We don't know at what frequency reinfections occur and how that might change over time.
“Before we have broader studies illuminating these questions, we can't conclude what a single case of reinfection means for longevity and robustness of COVID-19 immunity and relevance for a future vaccine.”
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Earlier this week other cases of reinefection began cropping up across the globe.
Researchers in Hong Kong claimed a 33-year-old man who recovered in April had gotten diagnosed with the killer virus again four months later, albeit a different strain.
And two cases were reported in Europe.
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One patient in Belgium and another in the Netherlands were reportedly further examples that the sickness can be contracted more than once.
The USA has reported more than 180,900 deaths related to Coronavirus.
In Texas alone there have been 679,099 cases and 12,407 deaths at least.
The total number of cases in the US has surged to over 5.8 million.
Dr Ashish Jha, the director of the Harvard Global Health institute, told NBC news the second bout of the virus should, in theory, be milder.
Dr Jha said: “You'd expect the second time around people to have much milder or ideally no symptoms.”
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