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Researchers in Hong Kong said Monday that they have identified the first documented instance of someone being infected with coronavirus a second time.

The scientists at the University of Hong Kong said a patient got coronavirus a second time 4 and a half months after the initial infection, and that the genomic sequence of the virus strain for the first infection was different than that of the second.

“This case illustrates that reinfection can occur just after a few months of recovery from the first infection,” the researchers said in a press release. “Our findings suggest that SARS-CoV-2 may persist in the global human population as is the case for other common-cold associated human coronaviruses, even if patients have have acquired immunity via natural infection.”

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