- In what could be a first for South Africa, a Durban doctor said one of his patients has contracted the Covid-19 virus twice within a space of three months
- The patient tested positive in March and after self-isolation and being given supplements and boosters, she tested negative
- However, the woman experienced the symptoms again after returning to work and tested positive again for the virus
Doctors around the world are still learning about the Covid-19 virus and its effects. The disease appears to present new side effects and symptoms quite often. A Durban doctor has reported having a Covid-19 patient who has been re-infected three months after her initial infection.
Dr Yuvan Maharaj, who runs a practice in Prospecton, said the patient had initially received her positive results on 9 March, a negative test two weeks later, and then a positive result on 14 July.
The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) is now monitoring this patient's case, said News24.
Maharaj said the patient had called him in March suspecting she had picked up the virus as she had travelled from a north African country and had started to exhibit flu-like symptoms.
"I advised her to have a test done. Two days later, her results came back and she was positive. Fortunately, she was able to self-isolate and I put her on supplements to boost her immunity and treat her symptomatically.
"After 14 days, she was well and I asked her to go for another test, which came back negative."
The woman then returned to work and on 10 July she called to say some of her colleagues had tested positive and she was exhibiting symptoms again.
He advised her to test again and her results came back positive. Maharaj said this is the first case of re-infection in the country. He added he was worried as he imagined South Africa wouldn't experience this kind of scenario.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that a team of researchers has found more potentially fatal consequences of the Covid-19 virus.
Scientists are now warning the virus could cause brain damage. Experts at the University College London (UCL) said Covid-19 could lead to neurological complications.
These include strokes, nerve damage and potentially fatal brain inflammation. The experts said this can happen even if patients don't show severe respiratory symptoms.
The team looked at the neurological symptoms of 43 patients hospitalised with either confirmed or suspected Covid-19 infections. They found 10 cases of temporary brain dysfunction, 12 cases of brain inflammation, eight strokes and eight cases of nerve damage.
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