Mumbai Doctor Tests Positive For COVID-19 Twice After Vaccination

Mumbai Doctor Tests Positive For COVID-19 Twice After Vaccination

A doctor from Mulund has tested positive for the coronavirus thrice since 2020, a new report finds. What’s concerning is the fact that Dr Shrushti Halari, 26, was vaccinated against COVID-19. She has tested positive twice after receiving the jabs earlier this year. 

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has collected the doctor’s swab samples for genome sequencing. The civic body is conducting a study across the city on breakthrough infections among vaccinated individuals. “The reinfections are confusing,” Dr Halari said. 

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Reinfections are not uncommon around the world with multiple such cases being reported over the past several months. In such cases, swab samples from the infections are compared using genome sequencing. 

While the BMC is already conducting a study on Dr Halari’s sample, another sample is being tested by a private hospital in partnership with the Foundation for Medical Research (FMR). The doctor tested positive for the first time on the 17th of June, 2020, during her time working at the civic COVID centre in Mulund. 

Dr Halari then tested positive on May 29 and July 11, 2021. She reportedly experienced mild symptoms on all three occasions. Dr Mehul Thakkar who treated Dr Halari said, “It could be a case of an incorrect RT-PCR report or that the second infection in May got reactivated in July.”

Director of Foundation for Medical Research, Dr Nerges Mistry said that reinfections may occur due to a variety of reasons, adding “One other reason could be emergence of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus.”

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