Israel investigates 81 cases of coronavirus patients that could be possible reinfections, Sources from the Ministry of Health confirmed to local media, after the first case of proven reinfection in the country was published this month.
A spokesman for Health confirmed that the figure of 81, very high, is correct, although senior officials suggest that possible reinfections are still being investigated and that the final number could be less, reported the digital Times of Israel.
These data are released after recently being documented in a formal medical investigation on first case of reinfection in the country, published in the open scientific journal IDCases.
Dr. Vered Nachmias, who cared for the reinfected Israeli patient, noted that the possibility of re-infection “may be more common than doctors think”, due to the lack of tests and diagnoses to those who have already had the disease.
The reinfected patient, 20 years and from the ultra-Orthodox town of Bnei Brak, suffered moderate symptoms of COVID-19 and was diagnosed positive on April 17. She subsequently tested negative in two tests on May 1 and 10, but in the first week of August, after several members of her family were infected, she tested positive again and was asymptomatic.
Nachmias assures that “there is no doubt” that there was reinfection, and explains that the second time she was infected they were detected antibodies in blood “probably from the first infection”.
The prestigious British medical journal Lancet I picked up this week just four cases in the world of reinfection confirmed with viral genome sequences.
Experts point out that the data show that contagion does generate immunity, and that reinfection cases are an exception which confirms the rule.