N440K variant of coronavirus can cause reinfection: Study

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HYDERABAD: Researchers, including those from Kurnool medical college, have said that the novel coronavirus variant, N440K, can cause reinfection. According to them, this variant can escape the immune system and can cause reinfection in patients already recovered from Covid-19, reports Syed Akbar.
The researchers studied a case in Kurnool, which they said was the second reinfection case in India caused by the variant, one of the most rouge mutants of the virus. The study was published on pre-print research server OSF. Earlier, researchers from CCMB and Apollo hospitals in Hyderabad recorded two cases of Covid-19 reinfection in the city, but these were not related to N440K.
Researchers from Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi, and Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, Ghaziabad, have found that N440K has a high prevalence of over 33% in Andhra Pradesh.

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