March 27, 2023
NDTV Coronavirus

The case was reported at ICMR-RMRC in Assam’s Dibrugarh. (Representational)

Guwahati, Assam:

In what may presumably be India’s first case of double variant an infection, an Assam healthcare employee was discovered to be contaminated with Alpha and Delta variants. This can be a case of “breakthrough infection” as she was absolutely vaccinated, officers have mentioned.

The case was reported at ICMR-RMRC in Assam’s Dibrugarh, the regional medical analysis centre for northeast.

Dr Biswajyoti Borkakoty, ICMR-RMRC, Dibrugarh, mentioned a frontline employee from Dirubagh was discovered to be contaminated by two variants in April. 

Calling it a “very rare case”, Dr Borkakoty mentioned it’s believed to be the primary such case reported from India.

“This is the first case of double variant infection detected in India. No such case has been reported from rest of the country. The patient, who was fully vaccinated by March, was found to be infected with B.1.1.7, which is called the Alpha variant, and the Delta variant (B.B.617.2), which was first detected in India. She had mild symptoms. She recovered quite well and did not require hospitalisation,” Dr Borkakoty mentioned. 

Worldwide, he mentioned, not less than 4 instances of double variant an infection have up to now been reported.

A double variant an infection is when a Covid affected person is contaminated with two variants concurrently or inside a brief time frame.

In January, scientists in Brazil reported two instances of double variant an infection.

Another such case was reported from Portugal just lately when a 17-year-old was contaminated with one other variant whereas nonetheless recovering from a unique variant.

In March, a 90-year outdated girl in Belgium died after being contaminated with the Apha and Beta variants of the coronavirus.

Last yr, in July, a workforce led by Dr Borkakoty had efficiently managed to isolate the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2) and by doing so ICMR-RMRC Dibrugarh turned the third authorities laboratory within the nation to register the achievement.

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